Recent Articles & Features

Misc Image

Insiders say REDD+ Work Plan was Edited at Last Minute

December 6, 2010

Co-chairs say accusations are unfounded. Several members and stakeholders of the REDD+ Partnership have proposed amendments to the Partnership's controversial work plan, which appeared late Wednesday and eliminates many of the stakeholder safeguards that Partners had agreed to the Sunday before. A new version incorporating those amendments is due out at 8pm this evening.

More...
Misc Image

Key Redactions on Safeguards in New Draft of REDD+ Partnership Workplan

December 4, 2010

The REDD+ Partnership, currently co-chaired by Japan and Papua New Guinea, is convening alongside the official Cancun climate negotiations to establish a Work Program through 2012.  But despite reported consensus among Partners about the need for safeguards, the latest draft released by the Partnership removes many of the potentially binding ...

More...
Misc Image

New Methodology Sets Building Blocks for REDD

December 3, 2010

As formal negotiations regarding the role of forest conservation to fight climate change occur behind closed doors, another major milestone is announced in the voluntary forest carbon market. After more than two years of development, a broad new REDD methodology has finally cleared the second validation needed for acceptance under the Voluntary Carbon Standard.

More...
Misc Image

Daily Breaking News from COP 16

December 3, 2010

The Cancun climate talks might not be the kind that yield game-changing major agreements, but they are certainly generating their share of incremental deals -- the kind that accumulate slowly under the radar before bursting into the light of public awareness, seemingly overnight.  In an effort to keep you informed of these developments, we'll be...

More...
Misc Image

REDD Negotiations Still on Track for Decision in Cancun

December 3, 2010

Negotiators under the Ad Hoc Working Group for Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) met to discuss REDD+ provisions this afternoon for two hours. This is the first time negotiators have wrangled with REDD+ issues since convening earlier this week.  Inside reports suggest the talks are still on track to produce a REDD mechanism by the end of the Climate Conference.

More...
Misc Image

Brazil's SuruĂ­ Establish First Indigenous Carbon Fund

December 3, 2010

When Brazil’s 1300-strong Suruí people embarked on a 50-year sustainable development plan, they did so without quick logging cash.  Instead, they will be protecting 240,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest in hopes of earning eight million carbon credits, and they've set up a unique carbon fund to administer the income and coordinate future development.

More...
Misc Image

REDD+ Partners Make Nice as Land-Use Issues Take Center Stage in Cancun

December 2, 2010

Deforestation and outdated farming methods combine to generate more than 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is why financing mechanisms aimed at tackling both are hot topics as UN Climate talks open today.  The REDD+ Partners spent Sunday working through their two-year work program, and posted the latest version late Wednesday night.

More...
Misc Image

What will happen with REDD in Cancun?

December 2, 2010

No one expects a major breakthrough at global climate talks in Cancun, but talks on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farming and forestry are progressing rapidly. The decrease in deforesation in recent years, as one climate and forest expert put it, is “really one of the few bright spots in an otherwise gloomy picture, as far as...

More...
Misc Image

Conservationists Endorse Plan to Fold Mangroves into REDD+ Talks

December 2, 2010

Healthy mangroves offer double protection against climate change: they slow it by sucking massive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, and they help us adapt to it by protecting coastal areas from storms – yet no formal mechanism exists for capturing the economic value of these treasures.  A diverse network of conservationists, scientists,...

More...
Misc Image

Moving Beyond the Buffer Pool

November 30, 2010

No one can guarantee that carbon sequestered in any individual tree will stay there forever, but there are ways of guaranteeing that credits earned by saving trees won't go up in smoke if something happens to the forest. Until now, it's been done by keeping large swathes of rescued forest in “buffer pools," but a new tool makes it easier and cheaper...

More...
Misc Image

Forest Carbon Must-Reads for CancĂșn

November 28, 2010

Getting ready for a plane trip to Cancún or just want to know the inside story of what to watch and why it’s happening when it comes down to forest carbon policy? Here are a few key reading recommendations to get up to speed on the international climate negotiations....

More...
Misc Image

Saving Trees in the Congo Basin: is REDD a Solution or a Quagmire?

November 18, 2010

The Congo Basin is rich in forests and poor in cash, which makes it hard to resist offers of easy money from loggers.  Carbon credits could, in theory, help save the forests, but the region's historically low rates of deforestation (and governance) make it difficult to prove you're saving trees.  Here's a look at some of the complex challenges...

More...
Misc Image

Governors Move on Climate While Presidents Pother

November 17, 2010

Governors from the US state of California, the Brazilian state of Acre, and the Mexican state of Chiapas have taken concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) by creating a working group designed to help Acre and Chiapas generate REDD credits that can be recognized by California's Air Resources...

More...
Misc Image

How Wonks and Bean-Counters are Helping to Save the Environment

November 12, 2010

The front lines of environmental defense are many, and most of them aren't manned by protesters and khaki-clad revolutionaries.  Today, the battle is being waged by an interdisciplinary phalanx of foresters, botanists, lawyers and economists who aim to make sure the laws of man recognize both the laws of nature and the laws of supply and demand.

More...
Misc Image

Feeding the REDD Hydra... with Cash

November 9, 2010

Over the past year we've seen an abundance of funding pledges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), but there's been little in the way of coordination. That's why three of the largest funds supporting REDD met last weekend to compare notes. Looking ahead to Cancún, get an inside look at a...

More...
Misc Image

Former Indonesian REDD+ negotiator arrested on corruption charge

October 30, 2010

Wandojo Siswanto, one of the lead negotiators for Indonesia's delegation at last year's climate talks in Copenhagen and a key architect of its Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) program, has been arrested and charged with receiving bribes. This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com and is reprinted here with permission.

More...
Misc Image

20 Million Green Votes in Play on Eve of Brazilian Presidential Election

October 28, 2010

Marina Silva won't be on the ballot when Brazil chooses its new president this weekend, but the 20 million people who voted for this rubber-tapper-turned-green-politician are still out there, and the two remaining pro-industry candidates are scrambling to show their green cred.  Regardless of what happens on Sunday, this new Green constituency has...

More...
Misc Image

REDD+: Following the Money

October 21, 2010

REDD+ and financing have been focus topics this week at Nagoya as delegates discuss efforts to halt biodiversity loss.  A report launched this week examines REDD+ projects already underway, with an emphasis on infrastructure and financing. Here is a breakdown of the report....

More...
Misc Image

Confirmed: REDD+ Partners Scrap Nagoya Plans, Set Sights on Cancun

October 8, 2010

Initially perceived as being one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal year for climate-change negotiations, the REDD+ Partnership has now cancelled a key meeting set to take place on the sidelines of upcoming biodiversity talks in Nagoya, Japan.  REDD+ Partnership co-chair Junya Nakano delivered the news at a Partnership meeting slated...

More...
Misc Image

REDD+ Partnership Talks Stall in Blur of Finger-Pointing

October 7, 2010

REDD+ Partnership talks officially launched on Monday after a weekend workshop.  Since then, the Partners haven't completed a single agenda item, and a large number of donors, recipients, and stakeholders lay the blame on co-chairs Papua New Guinea and Japan.  A spokesperson for the Rainforest Coalition, however, says donors are stalling to avoid paying their share.

More...