This report summarizes recent trends in large-scale tropical forest clearing identified by FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action). FORMA produces indicators that track monthly changes in the number of 1-sq.-km. tropical forest parcels that have experienced clearing with high probability. This report and the accompanying spreadsheet databases provide monthly estimates for 27 countries, 280 primary administrative units, and 2,907 secondary administrative units.
This paper develops and illustrates a prototype incentive system for promoting rapid reduction of forest clearing in tropical countries.
Economic Dynamics and Forest Clearing: A Spatial Econometric Analysis for Indonesia - Working Paper 280
David Wheeler and co-authors use detailed monthly data from FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action) to determine the factors that contribute to deforestation in Indonesia. Their results highlight the importance of incorporating economic dynamics into financial compensation arrangements for forest conservation while casting doubt on the efficacy of tradition protection arrangements.
The Commitment to Development Index ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5.5 billion people living in poorer nations. Moving beyond standard comparisons of foreign aid volumes, the CDI quantifies a range of rich-country policies that affect poor people in developing countries.
Global Stakes: Potential Agricultural Productivity Losses from Full Exploitation of Canada’s Oil Sands
David Wheeler estimates the destructive potential of releasing the carbon now sequestered in Alberta's oil sands.
Nancy Birdsall and Arvind Subramanian identify a fair deal on climate change for developed and developing countries by focusing not on equitable emissions quotas but on fair access to energy services.
These files accompany CGD Working Paper 259, "Fair Shares: Crediting Poor Countries for Carbon Mitigation." They include the Stata code used to produce the results reported in the paper, the supporting data, and definitions of variable names in the database.
New research by David Wheeler shows that developing countries have borne their fair share of global mitigation expenditures relative to per-capita income. The challenge now is for rich countries to do the same.
In this working paper, the authors examine four categories of existing resource-mobilization options and recommend which might best be used to finance global public goods.
Developed countries have promised to mobilize $100 billion per year to help developing countries combat climate change, a commitment that will require substantial capital from private investors. The authors of this working paper propose a public-private green venture fund (GVF) to promote the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies for poor countries.
Quantifying Vulnerability to Climate Change: Implications for Adaptation Assistance - Working Paper 240
Senior fellow David Wheeler quantifies and makes available in an accompanying database the vulnerability of 233 countries to three major effects of climate change (weather-related disasters, sea-level rise, and reduced agricultural productivity) and develops a methodology for donors and other to craft cost-effective assistance for climate adaptation.
Senior fellow David Wheeler quantifies and makes available in this dataset the vulnerability of 233 countries to three major effects of climate change (weather-related disasters, sea-level rise, and reduced agricultural productivity).