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Groups Take Legal Action Against Forest Service Over Planning Rule

August 29, 2012

A group of land industry organizations are claiming the new ecosystem service based forest planning rule is in violation of several pieces of land management legislation. Because of what they believe to be a governmental overreach, they have filed a lawsuit against the US Forest Service....

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Tracking REDD+ Finance: Separating The Payers From The Posers

August 13, 2012

Developed countries have vowed to help the developing world get up to speed on REDD, and many say they’re putting up billions towards the effort. Few, however, have actually followed through on their promises, and those who say they have aren’t doing a good job of proving it. The REDD+ Expenditures Tracking Project aims to change that.

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Nature Has Values, And Markets Can Be Governed

August 10, 2012

The many initiatives launched all over the world that compensate farmers for keeping forests standing and for practicing sustainable farming are evidence that the world has responded well to payments for ecosystem services. But for these schemes to be fully merged into mainstream use, more market regulation and guidance will need to come from the government.

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Why Saving Marshes Might Save Civilization

August 8, 2012

Although scientists know the thick ecosystems found near ocean shores store carbon for a millennium, blue carbon’s importance has still gone mostly unrecognized. Now, one scientist closely observes the state of blue carbon in BC weighing in on what we know about it and ways to go about protecting it. This article was originally published by The Tyee.

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Great Bear Forest To Be Massive Carbon Offset Project

August 6, 2012

 After a colossal clear-cutting episode in Gitga’at First Nation territory in the Great Bear Rainforest, inhabitants spent millions of dollars to implement a carbon offsetting project to ensure that will never happen again. The project is one of the largest of its kind and could serve as an example for other First Nation people struggling to...

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To Scale Up, REDD Must Embrace Satelite Technology

July 16, 2012

The world has agreed that tropical rainforests need protection, so the multi-billion dollar REDD+ program is on its way. The challenge is its practical implementation. DMCii’s Prof. Jim Lynch explains why satellite surveying could do for the 21st century carbon trading economy what seismic surveys did for 20th century oil and gas.

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Code REDD Aims For Scale and Quality

June 20, 2012

Forest carbon practitioners spent the last decade trying to perfect ways for companies to reduce their carbon footprints by funding programs that lock carbon in trees.  But all those rigorous methodologies and standards will be for naught if emitters don’t understand how REDD works.  That’s where Code REDD comes in.

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Landmark Indigenous Carbon Project Earns Validation

April 12, 2012

A first-of-its kind carbon project has earned dual validation under both the VCS and CCB, raising the bar for socially and environmentally sustainable forest carbon projects, preserving forest livelihoods and charting a course for other indigenous tribes in Brazil and around the world....

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Indigenous Groups Launch Ground-Breaking Environmental Regime

March 9, 2012

 The Brazilian state of Acre has implemented a comprehensive legal framework to support compensation and payments for ecosystem services, and indigenous groups are among the first to begin implementing it. Here’s a look at how the program is being rolled out....

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State of the Voluntary and Forest Carbon Markets 2012 Survey Now Available!

February 17, 2012

Ecosystem Marketplace's two flagship reports – the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets andState of the Forest Carbon Market – have become the most widely-read annual surveys in their respective secors.  Each provides a benchmark overview of supplies, demand, and drivers, and each relies on widespread input from market participants.

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Major Corporates Come Clean on Forest Risk; Big Oil Doesn't

February 13, 2012

Companies around the world depend on products that either come from or relate to forests, but few have quantified their dependence.  That’s changing as more and more companies examine their supply chains – with surprising implications for the future of forests and corporate profitability...

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Brazil to Vote on Forest Code in March

February 13, 2012

Brazil has slashed deforestation in the past decade, in part by enforcing its decades-old Forest Code.  But that enforcement, and the spirit of the code itself, may soon be a thing of the past.  The Environmental Defense Fund’s Steve Schwartzman says it doesn’t have to be that way....

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Big Trees, Like the Old-Growth Forests They Inhabit, are Declining Globally

January 27, 2012

 This article was orginally posted on Mongabay.  Click here to see the original.  ...

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New Forest Planning Rule Seeks to Restore the Nation's Forests

January 26, 2012

 This is a press release from the US Forest Service.  Click here for the original.  ...

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Writing the Rule That Will Rebuild the Bayou – With Carbon

January 23, 2012

Mangroves and coastal wetlands have long protected the Mississippi Delta from floods, but the degradation of those wetlands leaves the region more vulnerable to events like Hurricane Katrina. Carbon finance can help reverse the degradation – and new rules for developing bayou credits could make that finance possible....

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DC Durban Debrief: Same Song, Second Verse - or a Whole New Tune?

January 19, 2012

This article appeared first on the EKO-ECO Blog. Find the original post here.       ...

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Kenyans Put Soil Carbon to the Test

January 10, 2012

Modern farming methods churn up soil and release carbon into the air, where it contributes to climate change. Ultra-modern methods conserve topsoil and increase production, trapping small amounts of carbon in the earth and plants. The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project aims to leverage that little bit of carbon to spark an agriculture revolution.

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2011: The Year in Forest Carbon

December 30, 2011

 It was a red banner year in forest carbon, with our research showing a new record high in 2010 and climate talks in Durban yielding agreement on the need to support REDD. Here is a look at some of our top forest carbon stories – and a chance for you to vote on your favorite forest carbon stories from all sources....

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Forest Carbon Reader's Poll

December 30, 2011

 As the year draws to a close, the Forest Carbon Portal is taking a look back at the biggest stories of 2012. Take our reader's poll to choose your top ten:   Access the poll here...

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Kenyans Put Soil Carbon to the Test

December 14, 2011

Modern farming methods churn up soil and release carbon into the air, where it contributes to climate change.  Ultra-modern methods conserve topsoil and increase production, trapping small amounts of carbon in the earth and plants.  The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project aims to leverage that little bit of carbon to spark an agriculture revolution.

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