From the Editors
The Ecosystem Marketplace's Forest Carbon News
Tracking Terrestrial Carbon
Now that you've watched the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks in a thriller of a Super Bowl – and the tears stop flowing in the Emerald City over that inexplicable last play call – it's nearly time to move on to something slightly less heart rate-raising: Ecosystem Marketplace's annual carbon markets survey.
We know filling out our survey may not be as entertaining as placing bets on Katy Perry's halftime hair color. But the survey is the crucial source of information for Ecosystem Marketplace's much-lauded State of the Forest Carbon Markets report. The EM team will soon circulate the survey to project developers to seek information on 2014 transactions. You may remember that in last year's report , Ecosystem Marketplace found that buyers have surpassed the $1 billion threshold for forest-based emissions reductions – an impressive number to be sure, but one that falls far short of what experts say is needed to thwart the deforestation contributing to our changing climate.
Aside from our traditional State of report, Ecosystem Marketplace is excited to convey our plans to produce new research exploring the "beyond carbon" benefits of forest carbon projects – impacts such as job creation, land tenure reform, endangered species protection, climate change adaptation, and watershed protection. We'll assess the demand for these co-benefits and document emerging efforts to verify and track them over time.
And as Ecosystem Marketplace looks towards our 10th birthday in 2015, we're launching "Gen A" – our secret code name for the next generation of our initiative. Since 2010, our specialized web portals – EcosystemMarketplace.com, ForestCarbonPortal.com, and reddx.forest-trends.org (tracking expenditures to avoid deforestation) – have been viewed by over 1 million unique users. Gen A will bring it all together. We imagine a new, GIS-based decision support tool that overlays our data on forests, cookstoves, biodiversity and water markets in a way that will allow project developers and funders to query investable opportunities.
But this critical, thought-provoking work will only be possible with the financial support of our loyal and eager audiences. Sponsors benefit from exposure – logo placement on reports that are downloaded tens of thousands of times and shout-outs in this news brief – as well as further insight into our findings through tailored briefings. And that's not to mention influence: Ecosystem Marketplace's reports have been cited in the development of emerging carbon pricing programs from South Africa to South Korea, and supporting our research is a good opportunity to influence these discussions.
If you would like to learn more about potential sponsorship opportunities, contact Gloria Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org. A full sponsorship prospectus detailing our 2015 projects is available here.
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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