Articles tagged as: Policy Update

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California To Put Buyers On The Hook For Forest Offsets

September 9, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is scheduled to sign off on a proposal to shift the invalidation risk away from forest owners to the buyers of offset credits from approved forestry projects next month. The regulators are aiming for consistency, but at least one major emitter is concerned that making buyers responsible for the risk will make it more...

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Obama's Push For Carbon Regulations Seen Boosting State Trading System

August 26, 2013

Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama finally responded to appeals for his administration to cut carbon pollution from the highest-emitting sources in the US as part of a comprehensive climate plan. The president’s remarks provided an apparent boost to state-based carbon markets such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the program...

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Offsetting Not An Option In Upcoming EPA Carbon Rules: NRDC

August 20, 2013

Forestry, land use and other types of offsets are likely to be shut out of the carbon regulations soon to be proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. But the Obama administration will be supporting such projects through other programs as part of its efforts to ensure the US follows through on its emissions reduction pledge.

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California Puts Rice Cultivation Protocol On Ice

August 20, 2013

The California Air Resources Board has postponed plans to add a rice cultivation protocol to its cap-and-trade program until spring 2014, but it will move forward with consideration of a mine methane protocol this year. Here’s what participants and observers have to say. ...

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Ecosystem Services Front And Center As Lawsuit Seeks Restitution For Destroying Louisiana Wetlands

August 8, 2013

One of the agencies responsible for flood control in the US state of Louisiana is suing more than 100 oil and gas companies for damages caused by degraded coastal lands. Even if the suit fails, it could push the concept of ecosystem services into the mainstream....

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REDD+ Finance: Lessons From The US

August 8, 2013

Every government agency, it seems, has a different way of accounting for REDD+ financing. That’s true for countries, and it’s even true for agencies within the same country. Here a quick look at how the United States does it, with a glance at Norway and the UK....

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Building A More Resilient Gulf

August 8, 2013

Tierra Resources’ new carbon methodology could help close the financing gap for wetlands restorations projects on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, offering an extra push for private landowners. Entergy, the major utility in the region, sees more than one reason to be involved....

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Scientific Advisory Panel Offers Blueprint For California REDD

July 19, 2013

As California finalizes its cap-and-trade program, it must decide whether or not to accept offsets that slow climate change by saving endangered rainforest. A blue-chip scientific panel says that it should — and lays out a roadmap for doing so in a way that benefits the environment, the economy, and indigenous people around the world.

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Obama's Climate Plan Latest in Series of Public-Private Actions to Advance REDD+

July 15, 2013

With US President Barack Obama's recent pledge to REDD+ in his Climate Action Plan, the US joins a number of nations and corporations committed to using the UN mechanism to curb tropical deforestation and lower greenhouse gas emissions....

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China's Carbon Emissions Traders Await Offset Demand

July 9, 2013

As China rolls out seven domestic pilot emissions trading schemes this year – with the city of Shenzhen’s debuting last month – market actors are wondering how carbon offsets will fit into the picture. Here, we provide a breakdown of the types of offsets eligible for trading, existing supply and potential demand, as well as what’s on the horizon.

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Obama's Push For Carbon Regulations Seen Boosting State Trading System

June 27, 2013

Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama finally responded to appeals for his administration to cut carbon pollution from the highest-emitting sources in the US as part of a comprehensive climate plan. The president’s remarks provided an apparent boost to state-based carbon markets such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the program...

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The Natural Capital Declaration Moves Forward With Implementation Phase

June 13, 2013

Author: Kelli Barrett The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) has been officially active for almost a year and is now ready to move into the second phase, which is the implementation of four commitments, focused on integrating natural capital into financial accounting, presented in the NCD Roadmap....

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ADB Water Boss Courts Private Buyers For Chinese Water Markets

May 17, 2013

On the opening day of the 18th Katoomba meeting in Beijing, the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Water Resources Specialist, Zhang Qingfeng, offers an update on new trends in Chinese eco-compensation – including early steps towards encouraging private-sector investments in China’s natural infrastructure....

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China: The Unappreciated Eco-Entrepreneur

May 7, 2013

We’ve all heard how China’s voracious economic growth is destroying its air, water, and forests – but few know of the country’s burgeoning market-based response, which aims to halt environmental degradation by incorporating the value of nature’s services into the production process.  EM parent Forest Trends has published...

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Replicating Policy That Works: PES In Mexico

April 24, 2013

Since environmental services' emergence as a concept in 1997, there have been many efforts to internalize the idea and transform theory into practice. Here, we look at the concept's evolution into public policy in Mexico where academic literature plays a role in environmental issues and developing countries' need for the right tools is realized.

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Experts Look Ahead to California REDD

February 21, 2013

Support for allowing international offset credits based on reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in California’s cap-and-trade program predates the program’s launch. Months after the state’s carbon mitigation program became fully operational, the REDD+ Offset Working Group presents its draft recommendations for the...

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Big REDD Week For Two Brazilian States

January 11, 2013

The Brazilian state of Mato Grosso this week enacted the law implementing its State System of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD +), while the state of Acre was awarded $25 million for REDD+, partly in recognition of its two-year-old ecosystem services regime.  ...

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REDD Inches Through Doha Gateway As National, Regional Solutions Ascend

December 10, 2012

Climate negotiators expected to leave Doha with a roadmap to global binding emission-reduction targets by 2015, but all they got was the “Doha Gateway” – a bundle of winks and nods that even pushes back agreement on how to measure emission-reductions in forestry. Seasoned negotiators now say they’re growing weary of the UN process.

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REDD Text Limps Out Of Doha – Healthy, Homeless, And Broke

December 7, 2012

The REDD negotiating text has now officially been passed to high-level negotiators, with new provisions for recognizing non-carbon benefits but no agreement on how to verify emission-reductions, nowhere near anything resembling agreement on finance, and noplace to call home.     UPDATE: As of 22:00 local time, high-level talks are continuing but...

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REDD+ Sidelined In Dispute Over Verification

December 2, 2012

The once-promising REDD text has passed from the scientific negotiating track to the long-term action track with key provisions unresolved after Norway vetoed a last-minute compromise that Papua New Guinea had brokered between Brazil and the United States. At issue is the amount of verification that recipients of REDD finance will be subject to.

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