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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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Microsoft Carbon Fee Funds Cambodian Community Forestry

April 30, 2013

As part of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Microsoft charges itself an internal carbon fee that it uses to buy offsets around the world. Here's a look at the program and the projects.   ...

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China Uses Market-Like Mechanisms To Promote Reforestation Of Sloping Lands

April 30, 2013

Rapid expansion of agriculture has led to the destruction of forested hills critical for regulating water flows. China’s expansion has been bigger and faster than most, and so are its problems. But the notoriously top-down government has responded with a centrally funded yet incredibly decentralized, flexible, and locally-administered solution.

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Finding the Path through the Forest

April 29, 2013

This post originally appeared as a blog post on BSR.  Sissel Waage is the Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at BSR....

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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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Wetlands methodology, GM, Disney-funded forestry projects draw raves

April 18, 2013

At this week's American Carbon Registry (ACR) annual awards ceremony, some of North America's biggest voluntary offset buyers showed it is a small world after all, purchasing carbon credits from the same forestry organization....

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Documents Back Nature Conservancy Over BC Auditor General On Darkwoods

April 12, 2013

Two weeks ago, British Columbia’s Auditor General said the Nature Conservancy of Canada had issued bogus carbon credits by exaggerating the number of trees its Darkwoods Carbon Project had saved. We've been shining the bright light of transparency on its findings, and none of them look as good in the sun as they did in the dark.

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Indigenous People Call For REDD+ Safeguards In California's Carbon Market

March 28, 2013

The REDD Offset Working Group or ROW is the group tasked with finding best practices to incorporating REDD+ into California's emerging carbon market. This week, the group held its second of three workshops. The event heard from Indigenous leaders and policy experts on safeguards and the importance of stakeholder engagement.   ...

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Canadian Carbon Audit Report Delayed Amid Charges Of Bias And Overreach

March 27, 2013

The Speaker of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly on Tuesday delayed the release of a "performance audit" on the province’s Carbon-Neutral Government program after letters were leaked showing widespread anger over the way the audit was being conducted. Here's a look at the audit, the actors, and the issues.  ...

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REDD Training And Scholarships For Developing World

March 25, 2013

Hundreds of millions of REDD-targeted dollars are floating in limbo – partly because developing countries haven’t been able to accurately measure their deforestation rates or can’t properly monitor REDD projects on the ground. The University of California at San Diego hopes to change that with an intensive certification program that starts in August.

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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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REDD+ And How To Use It As A Tool For Business Sustainability

February 14, 2013

A new ebook from DōShort is providing answers for business and sustainability leaders wondering how REDD+ pertains to the practices of global business and what they can do to reverse tropical deforestation and make a positive environmental impact. Here is an excerpt from the book discussing what REDD+ is and how it can be used to accelerate business sustainability.

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Remote Sensing: A Primer

February 11, 2013

Nearly all types of environmental finance – whether mitigation banking, payments for watershed services, or REDD – involve some form of remote sensing. But this catch-all phrase encompasses scores of practices using radar, lidar, and infrared technology from satellites, airplanes, and blimps. Here's how they all fit together.

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Through Almir's Eyes: A Day In The Life Of A REDD Pioneer

January 31, 2013

In an effort to support their groundbreaking REDD project, the Amazonian Paiter-Surui People have been patrolling their forest in search of illegal loggers. Last week, Chief Almir Surui and a small band of his fellow tribesmen received a tip about illegal logging on the territory. Rachael Petersen accompanied them on the expedition and filed this report.

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How Costa Rica and Chile are Leveraging Independent Carbon Standards to Get Ready for REDD

January 28, 2013

The United Nations and World Bank are spearheading efforts to help developing countries get ready for REDD, but many countries across Latin America are tapping a combination of World Bank donors and independent carbon standards to make sure they’re ready for REDD when it arrives. Costa Rica and Chile are among the most advanced. Here’s a look.

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Carbon Finance Unit Of The World Bank Sees Initiatives Move Forward

January 24, 2013

The World Bank received good news recently with several of its climate initiatives moving into new phases starting with the first PoA in China to issue CERs along with 3,000 hectares of a valuable watershed reforested. Meanwhile, Costa Rica becomes the first country to access performance based payments through the Carbon Fund and developed nations funnel...

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Offset Providers Ink Deal over Landmark Forest Conservation Project In Acre, Brazil

January 24, 2013

Regional governments like Brazil’s Acre state are tweaking tools to monetize the climate benefits of statewide forest conservation – through actions that could one day subsume smaller, private forestry projects. Meanwhile on the ground, two carbon offset providers announced today a deal to support Acre’s first private project –...

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How Two Different Studies Found Consensus On Emissions From Tropical Deforestation

January 22, 2013

When researchers from two separate institutions measured carbon emissions from deforestation using different techniques, they came to the same number: 3.0 gigatons per year from 2000 through 2005. This could help end a long-standing debate and give policymakers the clear benchmark they need for establishing future targets....

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REDD+ And The Future Of Climate-Safe Agriculture

January 21, 2013

REDD+ emerged from the Doha climate talks well ahead of overall negotiations, despite disagreement over how to verify and validate emission-reductions. Indeed, REDD and LULUCF appear to be evolving into a larger mechanism that incorporates climate-safe agriculture as well, according to REDD-plus facilitator Tony La Viña, who co-authored this analysis...

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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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