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Farm and Forestry Offsets Key Question in Senate Hearing

July 14, 2009

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will take a look tomorrow at some of the opportunities and controversies surrounding agriculture and forestry offsets, as the panel prepares to draft a sweeping proposal intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions....

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EM Cheat Sheet: the Additionality Debate

July 13, 2009

  If you want to sell carbon offsets in exchange for action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, you first have to prove that the money you're earning is what makes the action you're taking possible. That, in a nutshell, is "additionality" – a simple concept, but one that's proving difficult to put into practice.    ...

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Biochar 101

June 30, 2009

Biochar is rapidly gaining prominence as a potential climate change mitigation tool in the debate leading up to the international climate treaty negotiations set for December in Copenhagen.  While international support grows and biochar pilot projects begin to spring up throughout the globe, some are referring to the charcoal substance heralded for...

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New Development and Ecosystem Service Roadkill

June 30, 2009

Rainforest nations could earn billions in carbon payments by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), but many are pursuing short-term growth strategies that will ultimately cost them – and the world – dearly. A new study says that road development in the Amazon will damage both the global environment...

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US Climate Bill Passes House of Representatives

June 29, 2009

  The US House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill by a vote of 219 to 211 early Saturday morning. Here's an update of our late May analysis of how Waxman-Markey promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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EKO-ECO: the Ecosystem Services Blog

June 24, 2009

  When Ecosystem Marketplace launched in 2005, the idea of preserving nature by incorporating its value into our economic system was mostly an academic exercise. Today, it's the cornerstone of a fast-moving and innovative branch of finance, and the focus of the EKO-ECO blog.  ...

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Update- US & Canadian Offset Protocols

June 24, 2009

  Groups finalize RGGI forestry offset protocols Maine officials will soon finalize three new project blueprints to expand RGGI’s offset programme. The Maine Forest Service, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Environment Northeast are some of the groups that have developed recommendations for new forestry offset categories to...

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Forest Footprint aims to Reward Companies that Save Trees

June 23, 2009

  The Carbon Disclosure Project has arguably reduced greenhouse gas emissions by creating an incentive for companies to examine and disclose their carbon footprints – an act that often leads them to realize how easy and economical reductions can be. Can the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project do the same for deforestation?  ...

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World Agroforestry Center Launches REDD-Alert Project

June 18, 2009

  The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has initiated a research project on the socioeconomic drivers and impacts of deforestation.  ...

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Addressing Drivers of Deforestation: Banana Fuel

June 18, 2009

In some African countries, like Rwanda, bananas are an important and versatile crop, used for food, wine and beer. But experts estimate that the edible fruit makes up just a small part of what the plant produces....

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For Public Review - CarbonFix Standard v3.0

June 16, 2009

The CarbonFix Standard Version 3.0 is available for public review from June 15th to July 15th. - In Version 3.0 the CarbonFix Standard recognizes documentation of already certified FSC or CCBA projects. This avoids double work for project developers and ensures premium-quality credits on the market. - The new version has widened its applicability by...

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Just Launched: Forest Footprint Disclosure Project

June 15, 2009

The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (FFD Project) is a new UK government-supported initiative, created to help investors identify how an organisation’s activities and supply chains contribute to tropical deforestation, and link this 'forest footprint' to their value.  ...

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Climate Talks and "Ecosystem Carbon"

June 15, 2009

Bad farming and forestry accounts for nearly 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and UNEP says the bulk of this could be eliminated by 2030 if we just treat our peatlands, forests, and farms better. But the land-use debate is only now gaining traction in climate-change talks, where negotiators from the developed and developing world have split on how to account for it.

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Indonesia Introduces the World's First National Legal Regime for REDD

June 12, 2009

1.       Indonesia's REDD Regulations On 1 May 2009, the Indonesian Minister of Forestry signed the Minister of Forestry Regulation P.30/2009 on Procedures for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ("REDD Regulation"). The REDD Regulation introduces the world's first national legal regime for the...

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Carbon Manna pilots mobile phone money transfer to reward Kenyan farmers for carbon credits

June 11, 2009

From the manicured lawns of San Diego, California, a little known company is breaking new ground in the business of personal carbon trading. Carbon Manna Unlimited is pushing forward an ingenious pilot project that rewards small farmers in Mbeere and Bungoma districts for planting trees, and using more energy efficient stoves, known locally as jikos, for cooking.

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Bonn Talks Open with REDD Agenda

June 2, 2009

  Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and the UN bodies charged with mapping out the role of forestry offsets in a post-Kyoto climate-change regime are meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week and next to continue the process of hammering out their differences. The groups will meet at least three more times before gathering in...

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Strategies and Examples of Designing Gender Aware REDD Projects

June 2, 2009

Excerpt from Gender and Climate Finance: Double Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development  ...

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Rainforests Win Big in new US Climate Bill

May 26, 2009

Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions – a fact not lost on drafters of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (better known as the Waxman-Markey Bill), which has passed through committee and now goes before the United States House of Representatives. EM examines the provisions of the bill impacting forestry.

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Environmentalists, Financiers Commemorate Decade of Forest Trends

May 23, 2009

Former US Vice President Al Gore and a diverse group of conservationists, indigenous people, financiers, policy-makers, and civil servants met in Washington, DC, at the end of April to commemorate the first decade of Forest Trends, which was launched in 1999 to help preserve the world's ecosystems by fostering an understanding of nature's true value to our global economy.

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Voluntary Carbon Market Doubles in Size

May 21, 2009

Volume on the world's voluntary carbon markets surged from 65 million tonnes in 2007 to 123 million tonnes in 2008, according to the most recent State of the Voluntary Carbon Market. The real news, however, isn't the numbers – but the drivers. Ecosystem Marketplace asked market participants what the report means for them – and for the environment at large.

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