From the Editors
The Ecosystem Marketplace's Forest Carbon News
Tracking Terrestrial Carbon
Here at Ecosystem Marketplace, we celebrated Valentine's Day by gorging on deforestation-free chocolate. And, after launching our 2015 carbon surveys last week, we're already feeling the love.
A big thanks to Carbon Clear, Carbotrader, China Alliance for Clean Stoves, China Green Carbon Foundation, CLevel, CookClean Ghana Limited, DelAgua Health, Environment Credit Corp, EOS Climate, Greenoxx, Indufor, Mindo Cloudforest Foundation, Northwest Natural Resource Group, Vert Conservation Pte, Will Solutions, among others, for their early responses.
If you transacted forest carbon offsets to voluntary or compliance buyers in 2014, we need your help to ensure that this year's data collection is as comprehensive and insightful as possible. Check out our survey here, or get in touch with Allie to create a unique username for your organization. Share the survey far and wide, since we're closing out data collection early this year – on March 4th.
What's in it for you? Other than getting your organization's name listed in this lovely news brief, we'll also include you in our directory of offset suppliers and (if you wish) list your project information on our Forest Carbon Portal. For those projects that report on "beyond carbon" benefits, we're also offering personalized co-benefits briefs this year that can be shared with partners and potential investors – and, for Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity (VCS+CCB) projects, be included on your project page.
You'll also be contributing to several exciting new projects this year: "Forests in the Anthropocene" will explore the impacts of forest carbon projects on people and ecosystems, connecting these co-benefits to demand for the first time. A new collaboration with Forest Trends' REDDX initiative will combine our private and public sector data on investments in avoiding deforestation (REDD) to create a more complete picture of forest finance, ahead of the Paris climate negotiations. And our annual State of the Forest Carbon Markets report will get a sleek makeover, packing the same punch in terms of the depth of data collection, but with findings presented visually and more accessibly.
For a full description of our plans for the year see our 2015 Sponsorship Prospectus. 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. Our big ideas for the year will not become a reality without support, so if you have the interest and the means, please contact Gloria Gonzalez to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
More stories from the forest carbon market are summarized below, so keep reading.
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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