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Community Carbon Pools Help Vietnamese Villagers Get Ready For REDD+

January 9, 2013

Forest communities stand to benefit tremendously from REDD+, but only if tenure rights are incorporated into the decision-making process and benefits are shared across the community. That’s why Flora and Fauna International is piloting Community Carbon Pools across Asia. Here’s a look at how the program works in Vietnam.   This article...

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Vietnam Goes For Flexibility In Nested Approach To REDD+

January 7, 2013

Vietnam'sREDD+ National Action Plan gives it plenty of flexibility in designing a nested approach to REDD+, and a recent report looks at three pilot projects in Dien Bien Province, Kon Tum Province and Lam Dong Province. All demonstrate both the opportunities and complexities of REDD+.   This article was adapted from the report, REDD+ In...

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Legitimate REDD Players Should Welcome Brazilian Action Against Carbon Cowboys

December 20, 2012

Legitimate carbon projects have long been wrongfully tarnished by the actions of bad players acting outside the recognized carbon community. Now Reuters reports that the Brazilian government is taking action against one alleged “cowboy” – a move that should be embraced by everyone trying to do REDD right. ...

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Brazil, Indonesia, And DRC Cooperate On Deforestation, See Future In REDD

December 14, 2012

 RELATED LINKS HEADER   Brazil, Indonesia, And DRC Cooperate To Slow Deforestation, See REDD As Future Tool  About This Series This article is the seventh in a continuing series built on the findings of the REDD+ Expenditures Tracking Project which aims to provide transparency to the global efforts to slow climate change by saving...

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Soil Carbon Lands Market Opportunities Through New Offset Methodology

December 12, 2012

The Verified Carbon Standard recently approved The Earth Partners’ soil carbon methodology for use on agricultural offset projects. The methodology, while new to the carbon markets, is grounded on decades’ worth of USDA science – with the capacity to cover most ecosystems and land types. The science is there. The challenge, as always, is scaling up.

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REDD Inches Through Doha Gateway As National, Regional Solutions Ascend

December 10, 2012

Climate negotiators expected to leave Doha with a roadmap to global binding emission-reduction targets by 2015, but all they got was the “Doha Gateway” – a bundle of winks and nods that even pushes back agreement on how to measure emission-reductions in forestry. Seasoned negotiators now say they’re growing weary of the UN process.

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REDD Text Limps Out Of Doha – Healthy, Homeless, And Broke

December 7, 2012

The REDD negotiating text has now officially been passed to high-level negotiators, with new provisions for recognizing non-carbon benefits but no agreement on how to verify emission-reductions, nowhere near anything resembling agreement on finance, and noplace to call home.     UPDATE: As of 22:00 local time, high-level talks are continuing but...

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Powerful Forest Friends Deliver Indonesian Approval of Landmark REDD Project

December 6, 2012

The Rimba Raya REDD Project is on again – one year after being put on ice when Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry promised half the project’s territory to a palm oil company. That decision has now been reversed, and the project is set to preserve an orangutan habitat the size of Singapore, generating millions of dollars in carbon income for...

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Congo Basin Forest Fund Steps Up For REDD+ Piloting In DRC

December 4, 2012

Developed countries have pledged billions to get REDD up and running around the world, but very little of that has resulted in actual projects being implemented on the ground.  The Congo Basin Forest Fund is an exception, but it’s also not without growing pains. Here’s a look at the fund, its funders, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

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Gold Standard and Fairtrade Broaden Market Access for Small Producers

December 3, 2012

Small-scale farmers around the world have the potential to employ climate-safe agriculture like no-till farming and tree planting on a cumulatively grand scale, but they’re also among those hardest hit when the climate goes haywire. Now Fairtrade and the Gold Standard are teaming up on a groundbreaking initiative aimed at bringing carbon income to...

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REDD+ Sidelined In Dispute Over Verification

December 2, 2012

The once-promising REDD text has passed from the scientific negotiating track to the long-term action track with key provisions unresolved after Norway vetoed a last-minute compromise that Papua New Guinea had brokered between Brazil and the United States. At issue is the amount of verification that recipients of REDD finance will be subject to.

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Indigenous Leaders Embrace REDD, With Or Without Carbon Markets

November 30, 2012

In Doha, more than a dozen indigenous leaders spoke in favor of the “Indigenous REDD” program, which aims to save more than four million hectares of endangered rainforest using an ecosystems-based valuation approach that doesn’t necessarily harness the carbon market....

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Brazil Lowers Deforestation Rates And Now Asks Developed Nations To Do Their Part

November 29, 2012

Deforestation in Brazil has slowed to its slowest rate since measurements began, according to the Brazilian delegation at a press briefing at the UN’s 18th Climate Change Conference in Doha. The discussion focused on Brazil’s long term plans to maintain these low deforestation rates as well as how this accomplishment will impact climate...

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The World Bank And UN-REDD: Big Names, Narrow Focus

November 27, 2012

The World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and  Forest Investment Programme, together with the United Nations REDD Programme, are three of the highest-profile REDD funding efforts. Their coffers, however, are smaller than most realize, and their mandates are narrow indeed.   Fifth in a series....

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Ecosystem Marketplace Guide To Doha Side Events

November 26, 2012

As our Ecosystem Marketplace team prepares to join the (albeit downsized) mass of avid climate talk followers to Doha, we set out to find the “must attend” events – and bring them to you. Take a look below for our hand-picked list of promising events during COP 18, including where and when you can find the Forest Trends team in action!...

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REDD In Doha: What You Need To Know (And How You Can Get To Know It)

November 25, 2012

The Doha climate talks come against a backdrop of low expectations and urgent needs – and the faint hope that recent climatic events will spark action. Here’s a brief overview of those parts of the talks that relate to land-use and REDD, as well as links to more in-depth material....

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Talking Tenure: a report from RRI’s 12th Dialogue on the Forest, Governance and Climate Change

November 23, 2012

RRI's recently held 12th Dialogue on the Forest, Governance and Climate Change brought about discussions about one of the most outstanding topics in forest carbon, tenure, as well as RRI's preliminary efforts at an International Forest Tenure Facility. ...

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Colombia Gets World's First Certified REDD Project On Collective Lands

November 19, 2012

The Choco-Darien Conservation Corridor in Colombia marks the first REDD project certified under the VCS as well as the first project on community-owned, collectively-titled land. The project plans to implement sustainable economic alternatives for the community while cutting the risk of illegal logging and land-grabbing.       This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com.

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600-Strong Coalition Says No REDD Campaign Is Way Off-Target

November 19, 2012

The Amazon Working Group, which, represents roughly 600 social movement organizations across the Amazon Basin, has made a rare public denunciation of a recent anti-REDD campaign underway in California. The small group of NGOs who launched that campaign, the coalition says, simply haven’t done their homework....

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Norway's Pension Fund Vows To Purge Holdings That Drive Deforestation

November 15, 2012

Billions of dollars flow into conservation every year, but that’s a mere trickle compared to the tsunami of investment flowing into sectors that chew up forests and contaminate rivers. Norway’s Pension Fund says those days will soon be a thing of the past, and this week vowed to incorporate deforestation in its  ethical investment policy in...

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