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REDD+ Partnership Stumbles as Donors and Developing Countries Split in Tianjin

October 6, 2010

The REDD+ Partnership was supposed to provide an “action track” to help countries that support REDD develop financing and pilot projects that save forests and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.  Negotiations, however, have split along the same demographic lines that hobble UNFCCC negotiations.

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REDD+ Partnership Feels the Heat as Climate-Change Talks Begin in Tianjin

October 4, 2010

Most Parties to the UN Climate-Change Convention agree that we can slow climate change in the short term by saving tropical rainforests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).  They don't however, agree on how to finance that reduction in a fair and equitable way.  The REDD+ Partnership is ...

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China Bets on Panda to Take a Bite Out of Land-Use Emissions (and Reduce Poverty)

September 23, 2010

China generates the lion’s share of global offsets under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), but it doesn't cap its own emissions. It does, however, have its own voluntary carbon standard – the “Panda Standard” – which was unveiled at last year's Climate-Change Conference in Copenhagen and is designed to...

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Will Brazil Change its Forest Code – and Kill the Amazon?

September 22, 2010

Many credit Brazil’s 75-year old Forest Code with helping to slow destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, but an unlikely amalgamation of right-wing and left-wing politicians are trying to gut the law.  In this first of two articles, we examine the state of the debate.  In the second part, we take a look at the law's implications for the...

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BNP Paribas and Wildlife Works Ink $50 million REDD Deal

September 21, 2010

Despite the lack of a global agreement on how to slow climate change, BNP Paribas's Commodity Derivatives business has signed a deal with Wildlife Works Carbon LLC in which BNP Paribas will provide up to US$50 million to save trees and reduce greenhouse emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)....

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CarbonFix Outlines Modifications to its Forest Protocol

September 16, 2010

/Last week, CarbonFix announced via twitter [1] that its Technical Board will be considering revisions to their forest carbon standard. We caught up with Moriz Vohrer, Chairman of the Technical Board to get some more details./ [1] http://twitter.com/CarbonFix/status/23239118721...

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Does Healthcare Cash Grow on Trees?

September 14, 2010

More than a third of US forests are family-owned, and most of those owners want to pass their land on to the next generation. Many, however, fear they'll be forced to sell out if medical expenses get too high. In response, a conservation group and a major insurance company have teamed up to assuage that fear – and preserve the forests – by...

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VCS Unveils its First Methodology for Generating Carbon Credits by Saving Trees

August 25, 2010

Tackling tropical deforestation can put a huge dent in global carbon emissions, but also requires a big pool of money to make forests more valuable alive than dead. Forest projects seeking carbon credits received a boon this week as a major standard provider announced its first benchmark to quantify the climate benefits of tropical forest conservation.

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Insuring REDD Projects: Questions and Answers

August 19, 2010

Just a few weeks of actual negotiating time remain before the year-end summit in Cancun, and climate talks are a mess. Sure, most parties agree it’s a good idea to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by saving trees, but that’s about all they agree on. This all highlights the amount of risk that investors take when paying for something today ...

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Peruvians Hope Nested Approach Today Will Halt Deforestation Tomorrow

August 11, 2010

Peru needs at least a year to formulate its strategy for conserving forests in the fight against climate change, but a major highway project is set to slice into the heart of the country's share of the Amazon today.  Private companies and environmental groups have responded with an accounting scheme designed to get carbon money flowing to...

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Voluntary Carbon Standard Aims for Simplicity in 2011

August 10, 2010

The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) Association is set to unveil its Program 2011 update -- a streamlined version of the market’s most in-demand third-party standard and program. Today, voluntary market participants got their first glimpse of the update via e-mail, with more detailed documents slated for posting on the VCS website on Thursday,...

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Survey of Project Developers Looks to the Future of Forest Planting for Carbon

August 6, 2010

With the release of a new report by Carbon Positive this week based on a survey of more than 100 developers of Afforestation/Reforestation projects, researcher Eduard Merger uncovers new perspectives and characteristics of the supply side of the forest carbon market and the unrivalled influence that domestic and international climate policy exert on the voluntary market.

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New Life for REDD in California Compliance Market

August 5, 2010

The winds of change are blowing across the climate change policy landscape.  With legislation stalled in the US Senate, attention now shifts to state and regional initiatives.  In California, the Global Warming Solutions Act, better known as AB32, establishes a statewide mandate for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions, including participation in a...

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On the Blog: California Sees REDD in AB32 Future

August 2, 2010

With the fall of the US federal climate bill, eyes are shifting west to California's Air Resources Board (ARB) as it nears the November release of its cap-and-trade regulations under AB32. On Friday, the Board met with stakeholders about inclusion of reduced emission from deforestation and degradation (REDD). And as far as updates on the latest REDD...

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US Senate Leaves Massive Body of Legislation – and Countless Landowners – in the Lurch with Climate Cop-Out

July 26, 2010

The US Senate’s failure last week to even consider a climate bill hurts us all – and not just because of continued damage to the atmosphere.  Rainforest people around the world will suffer lost income, as will US farmers and forest landowners.  Here is a overview of all the legislation left in the lurch....

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Setting up Nest: Acre, Brazil, and the Future of REDD

July 22, 2010

Rainforest nations want to earn carbon credits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), but to do so they have to prove that forest destruction halted in one part of the country doesn’t just move to another part. The Brazilian state of Acre is experimenting with a “nested approach” that ...

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New Voluntary Carbon Platform Rooted in Colombian Forests

July 16, 2010

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 it starts with trees. First in an Ecosytem Marketplace series examining emerging-market exchanges in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

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Implementing Finance & Insurance Standards for the U.S. Forestry Carbon Market

July 7, 2010

What benefits would U.S. forest carbon participants derive from the adaptation and implementation of finance and insurance standards? In addition,  what is being discussed with regards to compliance standards in Washington, DC?  A recent webinar hosted by 2degrees explores these issues more thoroughly than any forum to date.

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Indigenous Leaders Taking REDD Into Their Own Hands

July 7, 2010

Less than 2% of Brazil’s indigenous tribes have undertaken projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), but more than 40 indigenous leaders are now getting ready to change that.  In the process, they’re turning “free prior and informed consent” into more than just a vague...

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Ghost Forest Sells the Sizzle of REDD

July 2, 2010

Markets are supposed to be about cold, hard logic; but any salesman can tell you they are more often about scent, texture, heart, and soul.  A traveling exhibition of dead trees from the Ghanaian rainforest, on their way this month to Oxford, England, is helping people understand the majesty of these threatened giants – and, in the process,...

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