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REDD+ Finance: Where Next?

August 30, 2013

Over the past six weeks, Forest Trends’ REDDX and ODI’s Climate Funds Update have been exploring the state of REDD+ finance with input from Transparency International, the Tropical Forest Group, Ecosystem Marketplace and UNEP Finance Initiative. Here's how these organizations can work together in the future to shine more light on this critical process.

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How Forest Carbon Projects Protect Themselves From Political Risk

August 27, 2013

Following the landmark use of political risk insurance on a REDD+ project in Cambodia, project developers elsewhere have also tapped into the insurance – most recently for use on a bamboo reforestation project in Nicaragua. Despite these examples of early mover activity, awareness of political risk coverage and how it can help finance carbon offset...

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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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Back To School: Learning To Count Carbon In Trees And Forests

August 26, 2013

Before the world can harness carbon finance to save endangered forests, it needs to agree on how to both scientifically measure the amount of carbon that goes into and out of trees, soils, and grasses but also to politically account for it. That’s why the University of California at San Diego and WWF launched the first-ever course in advanced carbon...

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REDD+ Finance: Private Lessons For The Public Sphere

August 23, 2013

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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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REDD+ Finance: What Do We Know About The Private Sector Contribution?

August 15, 2013

A significant shortfall currently exists in the private sector funding needed to truly propel REDD+ forward. But better engagement with private sector players, clearer definitions of what constitutes REDD+ private sector finance and strategic targeting of public sector dollars could help make these projects more attractive to private investors.

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Analysis: Greenomics Is Misleading The Public And The Carbon Market On Rimba Raya

August 9, 2013

An Indonesian entity called Greenomics this month accused the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project of failing to secure usage rights and overstating the amount of forest it had saved. A quick dive into available documents, however, shows it’s Greenomics that failed to do its homework....

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Entergy Seeks To Lead On Climate Risk Mitigation

August 9, 2013

Most of Louisiana’s oil and gas companies are on the defensive after a state entity sued nearly 100 of them for damages they caused by destroying protective wetlands. A handful of companies, however, have identified wetland restoration as a major goal – for their protection and the protection of the state. Here’s a look at one of the biggest.

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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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REDD+: What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

August 2, 2013

Transparency International is monitoring Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus conservation (REDD+) financing flows in a number of recipient countries Here, they discuss challenges to transparency encountered in Mexico and Kenya, and call on the general public to take a more active role in policing their governments.

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Forest Carbon News Brief

July 26, 2013

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REDD+ Finance: Who’s Counting?

July 24, 2013

Governments around the world are investing in initiatives that intend to conserve and restore tropical forests under the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus conservation) banner, but there is no comprehensive picture of where the money is going or what it’s doing. Here’s a look at global efforts to track REDD+ funding.

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Greenomics Appears To Mislead The Public And The Carbon Market On Rimba Raya

July 23, 2013

An Indonesian entity called Greenomics this month accused the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project of failing to secure usage rights and overstating the amount of forest it had saved. A quick dive into available documents, however, shows it’s Greenomics that failed to do its homework....

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Chiapas State Government Says REDD Is Alive And Well And Far From 'Cancelled'

July 19, 2013

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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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Indigenous Groups, NGOs, And Major Corporates Line Up Behind REDD+ in Cali

July 18, 2013

More than four dozen representatives of major corporations, global NGOs, and indigenous communities from around the world have signed a letter of support for including carbon credits from projects that Reduce greenhouse gas Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in California's Climate Policy....

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