FCPR – Forest Conservation Performance Rating for the Pan-Tropics

23 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2012  

David Wheeler

Center for Global Development

Dan Hammer

Center for Global Development

Robin Kraft

Center for Global Development

Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

This note introduces and illustrates fCPR (Forest Conservation Performance Rating), a system of color-coded ratings for tropical forest conservation performance that can be implemented for local areas, countries, regions, and the entire pan-tropics. The ratings reward tropical forest conservation in three dimensions: (1) exceeding expectations, given an area’s forest clearing history and development status; (2) meeting or exceeding global REDD goals; and (3) achieving an immediate reduction in forest clearing. We assign green ratings to areas that meet condition (2); yellow to areas that meet (1) only; and red to countries that fail to meet either condition. We have developed fCPR at the Center for Global Development (CGD), using monthly forest clearing indicators from CGD’s FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action). This first release rates the quarterly conservation performance of 27 countries currently tracked by FORMA, as well as 242 of their states and provinces that contain tropical forests. The 27 countries accounted for 94 percent of tropical forest clearing during the period 2000-2005. Future releases will include additional countries as FORMA begins tracking them.

Keywords: forests, conservation, satellite imagery

JEL Classification: Q20, Q23, Q27

Suggested Citation

Wheeler, David and Hammer, Dan and Kraft, Robin, FCPR – Forest Conservation Performance Rating for the Pan-Tropics (May 1, 2012). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 294. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2102732 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2102732

David Wheeler (Contact Author)

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Dan Hammer

Center for Global Development ( email )

2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Robin Kraft

Center for Global Development ( email )

2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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