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Vietnam Implementing Nationwide Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services

June 30, 2010

The government of Vietnam has spent two years piloting regional schemes that use economic incentives to preserve forests by getting businesses that benefit from them to pay people who preserve them.  Now it’s taking the scheme nationwide....

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Development of Carbon Standards and Access to International Carbon Markets

June 25, 2010

Carbon markets around the globe are developing rapidly in terms of both complexity and maturity. Faced with evolving policies and growing demand, rigorous standards have emerged as a critical foundation for projects pursued in markets outside any government mandate. In the forestry sector, the demand for quality has pushed its way into the world of...

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On the Blog: What will it take to make sure REDD+ is safe?

June 24, 2010

As international policy frameworks and pledges of billions of dollars move REDD+ forward, many observers remain concerned over how to ensure the lofty promises being made for global forest conservation will actually provide broader social and environmental benefits. The issue of safeguards took center stage this week in Washington, DC through a day-long...

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Hanoi Meeting to Explore Participatory Forest Management

June 21, 2010

Local communities already help manage over 25% of the world’s forests through what is called Participatory Forest Management (PFM).  Tom Blomley, forestry advisor for the Danish government’s international aid agency, DANDA, explores PFM’s successes and shortcomings, and how lessons learned can be applied to the United ...

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Katoomba Ball Rolling to Vietnam

June 8, 2010

The Seventeenth Katoomba Meeting will be more global than any of its predecessors, with streaming audio of all presentations and video snippets of interviews with presenters and practitioners.  Over the next three weeks, we'll be providing background reports and brief interviews with key thinkers who are directly and indirectly involved in K-17.

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Bonn Picks up Where Oslo, Copenhagen, and Nairobi Left Off

May 31, 2010

In the past two weeks, we’ve seen representatives from 52 nations pledge to forge common framework for rewarding people who capture carbon in trees and representatives from nearly 200 nations agree to come up with innovative financing schemes for preserving biodiversity.  Now, negotiators from 182 nations are meeting in Bonn, Germany, for two...

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Norway Pledges $1B for REDD as Indonesia Re-Affirms Commitment to Scheme

May 27, 2010

27 May 2010 | The Government of Norway has pledged up to US $1 billion for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in Indonesia as Indonesian  President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated his country’s support for REDD. "Working with our developed country partners, we will protect ...

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What's next for forest carbon in North America?

May 26, 2010

A survey of more than 150 forest carbon buyers reveals an evolving market landscape and increased interest in forestry projects. Panelists from Ecosecurities, Conservation International, the Climate Action Reserve, and Ecosystem Marketplace roll up their sleeves and dig in to interpret the results....

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Trees Fare Well in Latest US Climate Bill

May 24, 2010

The US climate bill now kicking around Congress gives more prominence to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) than did any previous US bill.  Ecosystem Marketplace digs into the text of the American Power Act and strips away a good chunk of the jargon to help you understand the role of forestry offsets in US climate-mitigation strategy.

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Forest Carbon is in the Climate Bill, but How do we Insure it? With Trees!

May 14, 2010

The American Power Act of 2010 is out of the shadows, and some provisions make it possible to earn carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gasses by capturing carbon in trees. But that often involves paying for something today that won’t be delivered for decades. How can the insurance industry engage the forest carbon offset asset market so as...

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REDD Without Locals Won't Save Trees

May 12, 2010

12 May 2010 | The Copenhagen Accord has unleashed millions in financial support for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), but it also signaled more waiting before a global reduction agreement is reached.  Money spent wisely now could yield a more effective REDD regime once that wait is ...

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Biodiversity Boosters Hope to Leverage REDD Momentum

May 10, 2010

The UN has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity, but the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) remains the poor (and largely forgotten) sibling to the headline-grabbing climate-change convention (UNFCCC). Delegates to CBD talks in Nairobi this week and next are looking at schemes designed to change that, in part by embedding...

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REDD+ Community Involvement: The SuruĂ­

May 9, 2010

Forest Trends' Beto Borges describes his experience working with the Suruí tribe in Brazil, and the leadership the Suruí have demonstrated in developing a template for community engagement through forest conservation and carbon projects....

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It's not Easy Turning High Environmental Value into High Economic Value

May 3, 2010

Common sense would seem to dictate that land generating the greatest environmental good should also command the highest price in the ecosystem marketplace, and that one way to do that might be to let people stack different ecosystem values on the same patch of land.  In the real world, however, such schemes are proving difficult to construct – as...

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Conservation Registry Puts the Pieces Into Place

April 23, 2010

Nature is comprised of interlocking ecosystems, but efforts to preserve nature often fail because they focus on isolated pet problems.  A project launched by Defenders of Wildlife hopes to fix that by helping tens of thousands of conservation projects identify their unique place in the North American tapestry of conservation.

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Asian Environmentalists to Explore Ecosystem Markets at Katoomba XVII

April 23, 2010

Cash-strapped governments around the world are experimenting with market-based schemes to preserve nature by recognizing its economic value.  In June, Hanoi will host the 17th Katoomba Meeting to explore the role that ecosystem markets can play in Southeast Asia....

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REDD+ Update from the Katoomba Group

April 1, 2010

The Katoomba Group released its quarterly newsletter SinergiA: Servicios Ambientales last week, focused entirely on REDD+ developments in policy, project development, and more.  Covering the outlook for REDD+ projects to post-Copenhagen policy, the newsletter is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese....

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Oregon Company Taps California Protocol to Earn More by Logging Less

March 26, 2010

Industrial logging, tree farming, and clear-cutting have altered some of North America’s most prized forests.  Oregon’s Ecotrust aims to reverse that trend by harvesting trees more selectively and using carbon credits to make up for lost income.  In the process, they’re testing the limits of new tools that California has...

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How Can Green Markets Access Islamic Finance?

March 23, 2010

The amount of  Shari’ah-compliant assets grew by nearly 30% over the past year, but no one really knows how much of that has gone to green sustainability investments.  Ecosystem Marketplace examines the role that  Islamic finance could provide in supplying  payments for ecosystems services....

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Transparency, Rules, Carrots and Sticks are the Building Blocks Environmental Commodities Need to Multiply

March 17, 2010

Speakers and panelists at the launch presentation of the recently released report, State of Biodiversity Markets: Offset and Compensation Programs Worldwide, all converged on the idea that there is a common thread among carbon, water and biodiversity markets. The thread that can spur growth in these nascent environmental markets includes the interplay...

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