Frances Seymour

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Vote for forests by July 30! The inspired design by our @Cities4Forests colleagues is a finalist in the #ReimaginingBrooklynBridge contest. Their proposal will source timber from a community #forestry initiative in Guatemala. Watch the video and vote at
Reducing Tropical Deforestation: Belatedly sharing link to full text of my Perspective with Nancy Harris in Science:
Forests in the IPCC Special Report on Land Use: 7 Things to Know -- and what we should do about it. New blog: #SRCCL #ClimateChange #Forests
We're still losing....tropical primary forests, that is -- an area the size of Belgium last year. Visualize this loss on @globalforests today, and think about the heartbreaking impacts of such loss in real places around the world. #treecoverloss
A Long Bet on the Future of Indonesia's Forests: new @devex article on the @katinganmentaya REDD+ project in Central Kalimantan:
Indigenous peoples are the best stewards of tropical forests: 1.5-minute radio story airing today thanks to @CC_Yale…
Indonesia reduces #deforestation; Norway to pay up. Breaking my Twitter hiatus to share my @WRI blog on this good news for REDD+:
Check out the nine Working Papers prepared as backgrounders for the #OsloForestForum, taking stock on the state of play on the forests and climate agenda:
...and for an analysis of the mostly-bad-news contained in the #2017TreeForestLoss numbers, see this blog by my awesome colleagues Mikaela Weisse and @elizabethdgold:
The runaway train of deforestation: we've got a brick on the accelerator, and a feather on the brake. New blog on #2017TreeForestLoss:
Looking forward to today's program at the #OsloForestForum. Check it out on the livestreams. We have an extraordinary assembly of speakers and participants gathered for the discussions!…
Spent the last 3 days learning a ton about @Intact_Forests at an amazing conference in Oxford: Their unappreciated value for climate & devt; how to define and monitor; threats; local political complexities; & global policy opportunities. #IF21
.@RickScobey -- Many thanks! Let's all strive for #OptimalImpatience in our efforts to reduce #deforestation: Not so impatient that we cut corners on safeguards, but not so patient that we allow laggards to drag their feet.…
.@StephenDonofrio -- Thanks for the shout-out, and to colleagues @cmucreatelab for making me look good in Accra last week @tfa2020 General Assembly. View animated Deforestation Story here:……
"...economists [who think of climate change as an energy issue] need to read Seymour and Busch's Why Forests? Why Now?..." Book review by @DKaimowitz in Asia Pacific Economic Literature
How forests are like Cinderella, with global climate action as Prince Charming. New blog @WorldResources just in time for #EarthDay:
Why should city-dwellers care about urban, nearby, and faraway forests? New blog celebrating International Day of Forests' theme of Forests and Sustainable Cities:
Smiles all around today in Jakarta as the International Peat Mapping Team was announced as the winner of the $1 million Indonesian Peat Prize:
The Indonesian Peat Prize will be awarded Friday!…
Pope’s message to Amazonia inspires hope, but will it bring action?… via @mongabay
Why saving forests should be a global priority -- a Q&A on the occasion of the #WEF in Davos: Thanks to @tfa2020
And see our new blog on why action on forests is more urgent and important than ever, with a round up of highlights from 2017:
Our book, Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change is now available for free download in pdf format: @jonahbusch
At #COP23? Join us tomorrow, Sunday, November 12, for #Forests Day, Room 5, Bonn Zone, for an all-star line-up of speakers starting at 10 am
#Forests deserve more respect -- both political attention and finance -- when it comes to climate action -- see my blog at
A million bucks for the best method to map #Indonesia's peatlands? Podcast & blog provide the back story:
Congrats @AbdonNababan, winner of Magsaysay Award for leadership on indigenous land rights and political voice
Keeping Faith in #Forests-- New op-ed on agents of change inspired by religious conviction
Fact that #Brazil was previously successful lowering #deforestation gives hope it can be done again @FrancesJSeymour
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#GlobalWarming: Not just palm oil, even EU rapeseed biodiesel is worse for the climate than regular diesel. More on
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Forest destruction is "wrong"; "Protecting forests is a moral duty" -- Interfaith Rainforest Initiative statement
Eagerness to get rid of stigma and pressure from NGOs drove Indonesia's embrace of FLEGT VPA to address illegal logging -- Putera Parthama
Commissioner Vella and DG DEVCO Manservisi today reiterated EC commitment to forests for climate & development #TDIL
Trump's decision to leave Paris: Unpresidential and reckless for development. My opinion @devex:
Check out new @mongabay podcast on why rich countries should reward tropical forest protection #WFWN
I'm thrilled to be back @WorldResources, effective today, joining the Global Forests Program:
Hey guys -- it's History calling -- last chance to get on the right side:;
#Ahok slandered, declared guilty before trial, prosecuted thru a dubious legal process -- now detained. This is a state w/ rule of law?"…
Barking up the wrong tree? See my new blog on the linkages between #forests and poverty:
Deborah Lawrence: "With climate change, the greatest freedom is at stake: the freedom to live in a familiar world."
Linking #forests & #SDG1 at #UNFF12 today: Forest services have been difficult to monetize. Carbon storage could be different.
Linking #forests & #SDG1 at #UNFF12 today: Forested landscapes provide services; deforestation puts lives at risk.
Linking #forests & #SDG1 at #UNFF12 today: Tropical forests' goods and services contribute to development.
Linking #forests & #SDG1 at #UNFF12 today: Deforestation and climate change drive a vicious cycle that exacerbates poverty.
...through loss of forest goods & services (disproportionately important to poor households) & indirectly by exacerbating climate change.…
Thanks to @OfficialZSL, @EcologicBerlin & @CMJStreck for co-hosting great #WFWN book launch events w/ @CGDev in London and Berlin this week!
Celebration of UK's day w/o burning coal should be tempered by concern re continued burning of wood from the US
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