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Ugandan Tribe Struggles to Maintain Forests and Access Benefits

July 5, 2011

Indigenous people like Uganda’s Bunyoro-Kitara tend to take good care of their land – and to lose big when someone else finds natural resources on it.  Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) offer a way to profit from good stewardship, but only if governments keep things clean.  Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

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Offsetters Optimistic Despite California Cap-and-Trade Revision

June 30, 2011

Carbon offset suppliers wanted an update on the progress of California cap-and-trade regulations. A delayed start to compliance is not what they had in mind – but might be just what the market ordered. After all, a landmark carbon market in a “climate cool” country is not likely to have a second chance at success.

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What Can a Deal in Durban Deliver?

June 28, 2011

Reprinted with the permission of IISD/Earth Negotiations Bulletin.  See the original here. The recent negotiations in Bonn, Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) offer clues about what might be achieved at the end-of-year conference in Durban, South Africa. The latest round of climate change talks in Bonn are over.

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Brazil at the Crossroads

June 3, 2011

The following article is reproduced with permission from the blog EDF Talks Global Climate. View the original post here. This past week I could have sworn I was back in the 1980s, based on the news coming out of Brazil....

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Voluntary Carbon Market Surges to Record Year on CSR, Forestry

June 2, 2011

The policy-driven carbon market contracted in 2010, but the voluntary market achieved its highest volume ever – thanks in part to renewed spending on corporate social responsibility and the release of new methodologies for forest carbon. Indeed, the number of participants based in the developing world more than doubled in response to demand for REDD credits.

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Up in Smoke: Can Carbon Markets Help Reduce Forest Fires?

May 31, 2011

Wildfires in the US are growing larger and more severe — a trend expected to worsen with climate change. Top forest managers see getting ahead of the wildfire curve as the best solution, deploying preventative treatments to remove potential fuels before a fire occurs. Doing so isn’t cheap, however, and many policymakers and forest managers...

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Anti-Logging Activist Murdered as Brazil Moves to Reduce Protection of the Amazon Rainforest

May 25, 2011

A prominent anti-logging activist was murdered along with his wife in Brazil on Tuesday, just hours before the country's Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly voted to let farmers destroy more of the Amazon....

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Writing the Rules for a New REDD Paradigm: Norway and Guyana

May 20, 2011

In the global fight against deforestation, incentives for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) typically mean countries should improve from their historical rate of forest loss.  But with vast and relatively undisturbed forests, Guyana is pushing for a bold new model for REDD payments, with Norway's backing, and...

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VCS and Chilean Exchange Team up to Speed Project Development

May 19, 2011

Latin America could become a model of low-carbon development – if it can beef up local expertise and speed up development of carbon offset projects.  The Santiago Climate Exchange and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) are working together to do just that....

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Indonesia bets on REDD with new moratorium, but can it deliver?

May 19, 2011

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday signed a two-year moratorium on logging in primary forests and dredging in peatlands to unlock up to $1 billion in seed funding from the government of Norway that could help the country earn billions more by saving tropical rainforests and capturing carbon in trees. To earn a shot at that...

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Nesting: How Isolated REDD Projects will – or will not – fit into an Emerging Global REDD Regime

May 6, 2011

Scores of carbon offset projects are already reducing greenhouse gas emissions by saving rainforests and locking carbon in trees, but their efforts won’t earn UN credits if they don’t conform to emerging standards that keep track of each country’s forests on a national scale.  Here’s what all project developers need to know...

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Wednesday Forum Examines Illegal Logging:

May 3, 2011

The US Lacey Act aims to end the sale of illegally-harvested wood products in the United States, just as the EU Timber Regulation aims to do in the European Union. Each measure takes a slightly different approach, and both will be under the microscope at the Fourth Potomac Forum on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade this week in Washington, DC.

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Run, Forest, Run: How Nike Turned Unsold Industrial Credits Into a Forest Bonanza

April 29, 2011

Shoe giant Nike has a pile industrial carbon credits; Brazil has a slew of promising forest carbon projects in danger of withering on the vine.  Social networking site Hub Culture has a virtual currency that only its members can use.  Here’s how they turned that into $50,000 of forest carbon seed money, and why they think millions more will follow.

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Climex Renews Vows to Credit Auctions

April 25, 2011

When Climex announced it was shuttering its spot-trading platform in March, many thought it was the end of the line for this Amsterdam-based carbon trading platform.  New boss Jeroen van de Kletersteeg, however, says the exchange will continue hosting auctions – and believes the business will be better than ever....

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Canadians Explore REDD Potential for Indigenous Groups

April 19, 2011

Indigenous groups around the world stand to benefit from emerging carbon markets, but only if they have clear legal rights to carbon income and know how to harness those rights.  Two new studies highlight both the potential for gain and the lack of knowledge about how to take advantage of it.  The focus is Canada, but the lessons are universal.

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The Hypocrisy of Land-Use Accounting

April 5, 2011

Climate talks have resumed in Bangkok, with several familiar sticking points.  One issue that has overstayed its welcome is the debate over how developed countries should account for carbon stored in and released from their farms, forests, prairies, and bogs.  Current rules let them decide which types of land use they will account for and ...

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China Transacts First Panda Standard VERs

March 30, 2011

Answering China’s call for intensified emissions targets, the nation yesterday saw its first transaction of voluntary carbon credits piloted under the domestic Panda Standard. The credits – purchased from a bamboo reforestation project by a large Chinese real estate firm – signal Chinese companies’ willingness to pay for...

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Kenyans Soft-Launch New Carbon Exchange

March 24, 2011

If carbon finance is to deliver environmental benefits in Africa, it needs a clear and transparent environment in which to operate.  The Zambian government has been spearheading efforts to build a viable cash market, and now the Kenyans have launched a futures platform in Nairobi....

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On the Blog: California talks Protocols

March 14, 2011

Panelists taking part in an early morning plenary session of IETA's Carbon Forum North America might have been surprised by the high level of attendance at the 8:30 AM session....

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Regulators Embrace Voluntary Carbon

March 11, 2011

The global carbon markets began quietly in the late 1980s as part of a voluntary effort to save rainforests, but these small, voluntary efforts were quickly eclipsed – and often dismissed – when the Kyoto Protocol ushered in compliance markets a decade later.  Now, however, it’s the compliance markets that are turning to the...

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