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Indigenous Group Documents Illegal Logging On Protected Territory

November 12, 2012

Brazil’s Paiter-Surui, who created the first-ever indigenous-led REDD project, have documented illegal logging, fishing, and cattle grazing on their territory. The activities were discovered by members of the tribe acting as forest rangers in support of the REDD project. They have presented their findings to law enforcement authorities.

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REDD+ Financing Efforts Leave Pilot Projects In Limbo

November 9, 2012

Ghanaian businessman John Addaquay believes REDD+ can jump-start sustainable agriculture across central Ghana, and scores of experts agree. Private investors, however, won’t take the plunge until they know what works and what doesn’t, and his quest for pilot funding from international donors shows just how daunting that can be.    Third in a series.

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Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Market 2012

November 2, 2012

 The price of forest carbon credits doubled in 2011, leading to a record market value of $237 million as more national mechanisms embraced mechanisms that use carbon finance to plant or replenish endangered forests. according to the latest "State of Forest Carbon Markets" report, which  which aggregates data from 451 individual forest carbon projects around the world.

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Indigenous Leader to NGOs: No One Speaks For Us – Or Thinks For Us

October 19, 2012

 While a small contingent of indigenous leaders and NGOs were campaigning against REDD in California this week, many more were at a pan-Amazon meeting in Acre, Brazil focused on the impact of climate-change on indigenous people. Tashka Yawanawa is one of them, and sent this open letter from Brazil....

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NGOs Square Off Over REDD in California

October 18, 2012

 Indigenous groups across Latin America are exploring the use of carbon finance to save their forests and provide income. Some NGOs, however, fear mechanisms like REDD will backfire – resulting in higher rates of both deforestation and poverty. The two opposing views are converging this week in California, and each side accuses the other of not playing fair.

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Germany Beats Fast-Start Finance Commitment But Sees Need For More Scale

October 15, 2012

The Fast-Start Finance (FSF) period for REDD will come to a close at the end of this year. Germany reviews its experiences in a recent report that finds that although Germany surpassed its FSF annual commitment, the country will need to significantly scale up in order to reach commitment targets for adaptation and REDD+. ...

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We Must Embrace Technology If The Private Sector Is To Embrace REDD

October 10, 2012

The REDD financing mechanism aims to leverage private-sector funding for the conservation and sustainable management of tropical rainforests, but it won’t achieve meaningful scale unless it becomes simpler and more reliable.  Technological advancements in remote sensing and geographic information systems are now advanced enough to help.

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Colombians Move Forward With New Carbon Platform

October 5, 2012

 A consortium of Colombian banks and NGOs hopes to harness the power of REDD for a more broad-based ecosystem marketplace. Like emerging market exchanges around the world, this one comes with its own education campaign – and starts with trees. Ecosystem Marketplace's Katherine Hamilton caught up with Fundacion Natura's Carlos...

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Greenpeace: Protecting The People, Not The Polluters

October 2, 2012

This is a response from Greenpeace to Dr. Daniel Nepstad’s critique of Greenpeace’s report, Outsourcing Hot Air, that criticized a carbon finance program initiated by California and involving other subnational entities. Read Dr. Nepstad’s critique here.     ...

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REDD Funding: The Horror Story That Isn't

September 28, 2012

 Rich countries say they’re spending almost $5 billion to save tropical rainforests in poor countries under the UN REDD program, but poor countries say they’ve gotten a fraction of that.  John-O Niles of the Tropical Forest Group explains the cumbersome ways of international aid – and why this time, at least some of the checks really are in the mail.

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350 Indian Villages Earn Forest Rights: The Latest From The Community Forum

September 26, 2012

This edition includes news of community forest rights for villagers in India as well as Ugandan farmers receive their first payment for a PES project.  Also included is information on a PES conference in Brazil as well as case studies on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Asia. ...

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Governors From Six Nations Meet In Mexico To Push Climate Action

September 26, 2012

Governors from states in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Peru are meeting this week in Mexico to continue work on a multilateral agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions – in part by promoting mechanisms that are saving endangered rainforests....

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Greenpeace Report Threatens Climate Change Mitigation And Tropical Forests

September 26, 2012

Dr. Daniel Nepstad, a scientist and member of the California REDD Offsets Working Group, responds to a recent Greenpeace report that criticizes two climate change initiatives claiming they will at best have a neutral impact on the atmosphere. Nepstad says if these initiatives survive to implementation, they will recognize and reward nations with high...

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All dressed up and nowhere to go? A California cap and trade update

September 21, 2012

They've done the test run, they've set the date but how many entities will actually participate in California’s initial cap-and-trade program? Talk of this question and more in this quick check-in on recent west coast carbon developments....

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American Carbon Registry Approves Landmark Methodology For Wetlands Restoration In The Mississippi Delta Region

September 20, 2012

As the Gulf Coast States’ vulnerability to hurricanes and other powerful storms continues to increase, a new methodology, developed by New Orleans based Tierra Resources and approved by the ACR, for the restoration of the Mississippi River deltaic wetlands with a focus on mitigating hurricane harm, might prove to be the solution.  ...

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Gold Standard Acquires CarbonFix In Bid To Reshape Forest Carbon Landscape

September 18, 2012

Even as the market for forest carbon offsets continues to spawn new standards for project development, two existing standards are tying the knot – and tying into the global carbon market’s next big question: how to view (and credit!) forest carbon projects as the sum of their many parts?...

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Study Finds Economic, Environmental Costs Of Mangrove Destruction Higher Than Previously Believed

September 13, 2012

 Conservationists and scientists hope to promote economic incentives for protecting coastal ecosystems with a recent study that highlights the large amounts of carbon they sequester.  It examines the benefits of these ecosystems if healthy along with the major environmental and economic losses that come with their destruction.

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Change At Top For CIFOR

September 12, 2012

CIFOR boasts new Director General....

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Muir-Pinchot Debate Lives On In Challenge To New Forest Rule

September 7, 2012

The US Forestry Service recently introduced a new ecosystem-service-based forest-planning rule, but a group of land industry organizations say it’s in violation of several pieces of land management legislation. They’ve sued to halt what they see as governmental overreach....

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Carbon Market Sees Long Game in AU "Link and Scrap" Decision

September 4, 2012

In the long run, Australia’s move to link its ETS with the EU ETS in 2015 and scrap its price floor could usher in a liquid international carbon market. The short term is more nebulous, despite provisions to bolster demand for the domestic Carbon Farming Initiative. Can the new policy sufficiently navigate carbon price risk and political uncertainty?...

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