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Odigha Odigha: Speaking Truth to Power

March 15, 2010

Nigerian businessman, politician, and activist Odigha Odigha has managed to slow deforestation in his native Cross River State by taking on loggers and lobbying for the creation of a state forestry board.  Now he’s a leading proponent of using carbon finance to help preserve what’s left of the country’s once vast rainforest.

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Ways Forward after Copenhagen: Reflections on the Climate Change Negotiating Processes by the REDD-plus Facilitator

March 9, 2010

Reflections and lessons learned by the REDD+ facilitator at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.   For the full paper, click here.  ...

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On the Eko-Eco Blog: Getting REDDy to Cross the Finish Line

March 8, 2010

With over 20 years of experience in the forestry sector, Michael Northrup, Program Director of Sustainable Development at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, was invited by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation to give a Distinguished Lecture, "After Copenhagen: Implications for U.S. Climate, Energy, and Forest Policy" at the high brow, exclusive Cosmos Club.

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Special Reports: More Governments Using Markets to Save Species

March 5, 2010

Cash-strapped governments around the world are turning to market-based schemes that preserve endangered species by incorporating the cost of habitat destruction into the cost of development, according to a new report compiled by Ecosystem Marketplace.  Unfortunately, most schemes lack the transparency needed to send the kind of price signals necessary...

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California Moves Carbon Offset Goalposts

March 3, 2010

Carbon investors over the past two years have assumed the agency leading the development of California’s cap-and-trade rules would recognize certain offsets generated under the state’s voluntary scheme once reductions become mandatory, and more than 200 projects have enrolled under those protocols.  Now, however, the state says it approved...

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Forest Carbon Cheat Sheet: The Numbers

March 2, 2010

2009 was a rough year across the board, but EM’s State of the Forest Carbon Markets showed that companies that rescue and restore forests to earn money by capturing carbon in trees likely expanded their operations despite the gloom. In response to reader demand, we’ve distilled the critical numbers from that report into a few hundred words (and digits).

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Emerging from the Ashes: Carbon Finance and Public Forest Restoration

February 26, 2010

Six years after the worst fire in California’s recorded history, the state is trying out carbon financing to help restore one of its struggling forests. The project raises – and perhaps answers – several serious questions about enrolling public lands in offset programs, but the elephant in the room – US federal land...

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Optimism on Forestry Demand Sparked German Stake in Canadian Developer

February 23, 2010

Last week, German energy provider HEAG Südhessische Energie AG took a 30% stake in Canadian project developer ERA Carbon Offsets via the German company’s Forest Carbon Group AG subsidiary. One reason: growing demand for forestry offsets among German voluntary buyers, who have traditionally been leery of non-industrial offsets.

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The New FCP: Forging the Global Forest Carbon Community

February 22, 2010

Market squares and meeting halls have long provided places for buyers and sellers to swap not only bids, offers, and products, but also ideas. Now Ecosystem Marketplace’s Forest Carbon Portal does the same, with a user-generated community-oriented upgrade that puts control in the hands of participants.    ...

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Analysts Say COP 15 Helped Bridge the Private-Public Divide

February 19, 2010

Widely dismissed by many as a failure, the December climate-change conference made it clear that the private sector needs to take a more active role in finding solutions to global warming if disaster is to be averted. This realization could lead to more cooperation between the private and public sectors, and more robust ecosystem markets around the world.

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Forest Carbon Markets Likely Grew in 2009 Despite Recession

January 14, 2010

Companies that rescue and restore forests to earn money by capturing carbon in trees likely expanded their operations in 2009, despite the global recession and regulatory uncertainty, capping three years of accelerating growth, according to the first-ever global survey of emerging markets in forest carbon....

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PES, Present and Future: the Year in Environmental Finance

January 5, 2010

2009 opened with the formation of a new Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and closed with a disappointing Copenhagen Accord that nonetheless included provisions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.  EM takes a brief look back on the year in PES and the decade it capped off.

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Is India Ready to Implement REDD+?

January 4, 2010

This paper assesses India's readiness to implement a REDD Plus approach based on important parameters of enabling policies and laws, tenure and community rights, cross sectoral linkages, institutional set up, and technical capacities for monitoring and reporting. Please see the attached document to review the complete paper by the Energy and Resources Institute.

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What Does Copenhagen Mean for the Private Sector in REDD+?

January 4, 2010

The Copenhagen Accord recognized the need for a mechanism to funnel money into projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation while promoting conservation, enhancement of forest carbon stocks and sustainable forest management (REDD+). Maria Bendana digs into the latest negotiating text and offers a detailed summary...

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Bright REDD Spot in Otherwise Dismal Copenhagen Accord

December 19, 2009

"We recognize the crucial role of reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation and the need to enhance removals of greenhouse gas emission by forests and agree on the need to provide positive incentives to such actions through the immediate establishment of a mechanism including REDD-plus, to enable the mobilization of financial resources from developed countries.

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Waiting for Barack: REDD and LULUCF Talks Run into the Night

December 18, 2009

Author: Steve Zwick With US President Barack Obama presumably en route to Copenhagen, REDD negotiators appear close to creating language that explicitly calls for market-based carbon offsets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the developing world, as well as a provision for incorporating the value of...

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REDD Deal Close, but Where's the Money?

December 17, 2009

Author: Steve Zwick REDD negotiators were called back to Copenhagen’s Bella Center at 10:30pm local time (9:30pm GMT) Wednesday evening to work on the text before handing it over to high-level negotiators on Thursday after a frustrating day that left most members of NGOs locked out for the rest of the talks.  The latest text reveals...

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Prince Charles and Wangari Maathai set REDD Agenda for Copenhagen

December 16, 2009

If there is any doubt that the larger world now understands that the quickest way to halt climate change is to halt deforestation, that doubt was dissipated by the opening ceremony at the high-level segment of COP 15 Tuesday night.  Prince Charles, Ban Ki Moon, Wangari Maathai – and, of course, the Danish Girls Choir – ushered in...

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Informal Talks Resume in Copenhagen: What Does it Mean for REDD?

December 15, 2009

Informal climate talks have resumed in Copenhagen after developing nations forced a temporary suspension of activities to protest what they see as growing support among rich nations for a completely new climate-change accord instead of a renegotiated Kyoto Protocol.  Negotiators say the REDD text is almost ready for the next phase, but a few sticking points remain.

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Brazilian Tribe Solidifies Claim on Carbon

December 11, 2009

Indigenous people around the world hope to earn carbon credits by preserving rainforests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).  For that to happen, however, they have to prove they own the rights to carbon credits from trees they save and manage.  Brazil’s Suruí tribe appears to have...

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