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What is Up Next for Forest Carbon after Durban?

December 13, 2011

The developing and developed countries came together to develop the Durban Platform, an agreement to establish mandatory emissions caps.  But what happens until then?  Here is a "just-the-facts" look at the COP17 decisions that spell out interim activities and will inform the eventual treaty....

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Indigenous Groups, Development Bank, and Yale University Move Forward With Cooperation on REDD

December 9, 2011

Negotiations remain deadlocked in Durban, but a coalition of rainforest people are moving forward with plans to build up capacity for REDD, and they’ve engaged the financial strength of the Inter-American Development Bank and the know-how of Yale University to make it happen.  Here’s the latest from Durban....

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Brazil's State REDD Moving Forward - but the Forest Law might be changing

December 7, 2011

Yesterday, the Brazilian senate passed a reform on the national forestry law and not everyone is happy about the change.  However, many of Brazil’s states are developing their own strategies on reducing deforestation and implementing REDD.  Now they are looking to the national government to support them and develop a national level REDD program.

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Ghana Measures Forests from Sky and Land

December 6, 2011

Cash-strapped countries hope to earn carbon credits for saving their rainforests, but many fear their gains will be wiped out by the high cost of documenting the carbon they capture in trees. Ghana hopes to change that by blending satellite technology with ground-truthing in a way that they say is both cheap and effective....

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Blogging Durban

December 1, 2011

Keeping up with COP 17 isn't always easy. That's why we've compiled this one-stop shop for the best blogs tracking meetings, workshops, and side-events in Durban....

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Durban Coverage

November 30, 2011

Climate talks are underway in Durban, South Africa, and the Ecosystem Marketplace is on the team to provide up-to-date coverage and analysis. Check back daily for updates...

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Getting up to Speed in Durban: Must-Reads

November 29, 2011

Climate talks are underway in Durban, South Africa, and there’s no shortage of reading material to keep you up to speed.  We’ll be digging through material as it emerges and posting those here that are deep enough to be of use to experts and yet accessible enough to be of use to first-timers.  Keep checking this page, as...

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Durban Talks Focus on Life After Kyoto

November 28, 2011

Climate talks have begun in Durban, South Africa, and expectations for a global solution have never been lower.  This leaves more delegates preparing for a multilateral future where several clusters of international arrangements could replacing the Kyoto Protocol.  Here’s an overview of the situation to-date.

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State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2011 - Out Now!

September 29, 2011

Investors and buyers have funneled record amounts of capital into forestry projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by conserving forests and capturing carbon in trees, according to a global survey of carbon market participants published on Thursday by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace....

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September 16, 2011

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September 16, 2011

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Macquarie and Partners Build $25 Million Partnership to Find REDD Projects

September 16, 2011

Profit-minded banking group Macquarie has tapped the expertise of environmental non-profit Flora and Fauna International in the past to identify endangered rainforests that can generate carbon credits if saved.   Now they’ve formed a partnership to scale up the activity, and they have $25 million to invest....

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September 15, 2011

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What Woodland Owners Should Know About Forest Carbon Offsets In The U.S. South

September 14, 2011

This is adapted from a WRI article.  To read the original, click here...

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Rimba Raya Debacle Casts Pall Over Indonesian REDD

September 12, 2011

Bureaucratic machinations on the part of Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry have knocked the wind out of a pioneering forest carbon project that had become one of the first to attract big-league financing, lured in part by the promise of a profitable carbon market. Many are now left wondering about the future of REDD and its risky business.

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September 9, 2011

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Carbon Farming Confusion

September 2, 2011

With Australia's Carbon Farming Initiative finally going into effect after passing through parliament, and as the Clean Energy Future bill continues to be debated in Canberra and just about everywhere else in Australia, it's time we cleared up some misunderstandings....

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Beatrice Ahimbisibwe's Trees for Tots

August 31, 2011

When geography teacher Beatrice Ahimbisibwe and a handful of Ugandan farmers started planting trees to earn carbon credits in 2003, their neighbors thought they were crazy.  Many of those neighbors have since joined her as the handful grew to more than 300 participating in a sophisticated income-sharing arrangement that can serve as a model for ...

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Sierra Gorda Brings Small-Scale Farmers into Mainstream Carbon Market

July 26, 2011

Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve links more than 260 small-scale farmers in a project that helps them earn carbon income for planting trees.  It’s the kind of project that addresses the needs of poor people around the world, and last month it was validated under two leading standards.  But can that success be replicated?...

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Building Forest Carbon Projects

July 14, 2011

Forest carbon can deliver tremendous economic, social, and environmental benefits – but only if it’s understood by a wide variety of stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and regulators.  This new guide aims to broaden that understanding by explaining in simple language how to find, finance, and develop forest carbon projects.

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