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July 15, 2013

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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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Small Scale Illegal Logging In Vietnam: Implications for FLEGT And REDD+

July 8, 2013

Key results from a Forest Trends paper on the government of Vietnam's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and REDD+ initiatives finds that illegal logging can only be curtailed with policies promoting small scale forest use and management that benefit the local communities.   ...

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Disney Helps Dreams Come True In Peru's Alto Mayo Forest

July 3, 2013

With the help of a $3.5 million donation from Disney, Conservation International has been able to develop a REDD+ project in the dwindling Alto Mayo Protected Forest in Peru. The project has generated 3 million tons of emissions reductions so far, and delivered a host of benefits for the local populations....

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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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Belizean Fisheries Project Could Help Protect Indigenous Lands While Easing Border Tensions

June 26, 2013

Environmental NGO EcoLogic has big plans for a bi-national fisheries project between Belize and Guatemala that will ultimately build an organized union of local fisherfolk with decision-making capabilities over the region's natural resource management and, as a possible byproduct, empower them to meet the looming threat of oil exploitation.

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German Carbon Dealers Create One-Stop Forest-Carbon Shop For Buyers Across Europe

June 24, 2013

Forest Carbon Group and Forest Finance Group have decided to pool their sales operations to market their forestry-based emission-reduction projects to commercial and private customers across Europe, with a portfolio of products verified under the Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard....

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SocialCarbon 5.0: Simpler, Sleeker, And More Simpatico

June 14, 2013

The SocialCarbon Standard’s bottom-up approach to certifying the co-benefits of offset projects has had a demonstrably positive impact on local communities in several countries, including Brazil and Turkey. And with the latest version of the standard being released, its officials promise the process will only get better.   ...

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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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Althelia Raises $80 Million For REDD And Ecosystem Services

June 11, 2013

Two years in the making, the Althelia Climate Fund has raised €60 million ($80 million) to be invested in REDD+ and other ecosystem-service projects. It expects to raise another €90 million ($120 million) in the next 18 months, and hopes to generate both financial and social returns – for its investors and the world at large.

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Gold Standard Seeks Comments As It Expands Forest Carbon Palette

June 5, 2013

Until late last year, the Gold Standard seemed happy to serve as the go-to standard for industrial offsets while watching the more recently-minted Verified Carbon Standard take a dominant position in land-based offsets. Now the Gold Standard is seeking input from participants as it expands its land-based coverage, beginning with Afforestation/Reforestation.

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Perseverance Pays Off For World's Largest REDD Project

June 4, 2013

Five years in the making, the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project has overcome seemingly insurmountable political challenges to become the largest-ever REDD project to earn validation under the Verified Carbon Standard by proving that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than two million tons in one year – and may reduce nearly 120...

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Amazonian People Prove They Saved Endangered Rainforest, Become First To Generate REDD Credits

June 2, 2013

Indigenous people have long been among the most responsible stewards of the rainforest – a role that benefits the world at large but offers little in the way of economic reward for the people themselves. Brazil's Paiter Suruí have taken a giant step towards changing that by becoming the first indigenous people to prove their actions save...

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European Demand For Voluntary Offsets Surges 34% As Voluntary Markets Grow 4% Globally

May 30, 2013

Corporate buyers are flocking to voluntary carbon markets despite the lack of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, funneling millions of dollars into projects that save endangered forests and provide sustainable livelihoods to the rural poor, according to the latest “State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets” report.

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Facts On Ground Contradict BC Auditor General

May 22, 2013

When British Columbia’s Office of the Auditor General dismissed the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Darkwoods Carbon Project as not being “credible”, it did so in part because it said most private land in the region is managed sustainably, and that a commercial buyer would have done the same. That contention, like most of the OAG’s analysis, is wrong.

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Can REDD+ Drive Change In The DR Congo?

May 21, 2013

After decades of war, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is struggling to get back on its feet. A new study says implementing a REDD+ program to curb the nation's forest loss could help improve governance by triggering policy change and reform as well as provide much needed financial assistance....

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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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Can Katoomba 18 Help The Miyun Reservoir?

May 17, 2013

More than 200 delegates to Katoomba 18 from as far away as Peru, Switzerland, and Ghana will be spending the next three days in China's troubled Miun Reservoir. Their aim: to trade experiences, share lessons learned, and make recommendations to project developers at Miyun on designing and implementing effective watershed investments.

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From Kenya To China: The Spread Of Innovative Water Solutions

May 14, 2013

The 18th Katoomba meeting opens tomorrow in Beijing and with it a big opportunity for developing nations to share their experiences and gain valuable information from each other. Here, we look at the varying investments in watershed services programs in China, Peru and Ghana and how sharing ideas could benefit them all....

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