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Looking Ahead: A Busy Fall fo PES and REDD in Latin America

January 1, 2009

This fall, professionals in PES and REDD are headed south. From across the globe practitioners and policymakers in environmental markets are booking flights to Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico to discuss the future of our world's ecosystems. In several cases, this is the first time that Latin America is serving as host to these...

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New Biocarbon Publications from UNEP

January 1, 2009

The UNEP under the joint UNDP-UNEP Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) capacity development programme in Eastern & Southern Africa has released new publications dealing with various aspects of the bio-carbon sector, including its CDM potential....

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Methodology and Standards Watch

January 1, 2009

Summary and links to Methodologies and Standards updates....

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Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen

January 1, 2009

If fundamental climate change mitigation and adaptation goals are to be met, international climate negotiations must include agriculture....

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UN-REDD Programme: Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society

January 1, 2009

There is wide recognition that reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) will succeed only with the full participation and ownership of Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities. This is especially relevant at the local level, where land and other natural resource management decisions are ultimately made.

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Forest Markets Finish Year on (Relatively) High Note

December 31, 2008

The global recession may have taken the wind out of prices for carbon offsets in 2008, but the mechanisms necessary for building a truly functioning market for forest services also began falling into place this year. Ecosystem Marketplace takes a brief look at some of this year's highlights....

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Poznan Talks Send Mixed Signal on Trees

December 15, 2008

Negotiators at last week's UN climate change talks in Poznan, Poland, finally agreed on one thing: namely, that plenty of other people have to agree on lots of other things before any decision-makers can agree on the role of forestry and land use in combating global warming. The Ecosystem Marketplace digs into the details....

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Talking Trees in Poznan: The Shape of Forests to Come

December 8, 2008

A slew of new tools, methodologies, and reports designed to support the markets for forest carbon were unveiled on Forest Day at the 14th UN Carbon Conference in Poznan – including initiatives from Avoided Deforestation Partners, the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance, and the Ecosystem Marketplace....

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Is the Road Through Poznan Paved in Voluntary Carbon?

December 1, 2008

Voluntary and regional carbon reduction initiatives continue to define new ways of quantifying the amount of carbon captured in trees – a critical part of making sure forestry offsets are relevant after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. The Ecosystem Marketplace takes stock of the latest developments and their implications for the global carbon regime.

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Harnessing Markets to Save Forests, Old and New

November 21, 2008

Few people have influenced the growth of ecosystem markets like New Forests founder David Brand. His career, like the industry he has helped spawn, runs the gamut from forestry to investment, and from government to non-profit to money-making....

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EU: Elbow to Offsets, Nod to Trees?

October 7, 2008

The European Parliament's Environment Committee on Tuesday called for tighter post-Kyoto emission caps than previously proposed and the recognition of forestry offsets for the first time under an EU-sanctioned cap-and-trade regime. But it also said companies that take full advantage of offsets today might lose their right to use them for future compliance...

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Gore, Maathai Address Forestry Offsets

September 24, 2008

Former US Vice President Al Gore and fellow Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai offered their views on avoided deforestation earlier this week. Gore said the time was right for avoided deforestation credits in cap-and-trade schemes, and Maathai supported the use of market-based solutions in principle – but stressed the need to link them with poverty reduction.

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RGGI Results Due Monday: Are Regional Initiatives Ushering in the Forestry Age?

September 15, 2008

Regional and state climate efforts are putting forestry offsets on a fast track toward guiding US regulations aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). With the results of Thursday's regional auction of allowances due out Monday, the Ecosystem Marketplace examines the role of forestry in two leading initiatives.

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USAID and WCS Publish REDD Project Development Guide

September 12, 2008

USAID and the Wildlife Conservation Society recently published the final version of their REDD Project Development Guide, which is based on information provided at a REDD workshop by the Translinks program of the Wildlife Conservation Program in Lima, Peru....

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REDD in the USA: Feds Grapple with Forest Carbon Offsets

September 1, 2008

The United States looks set to implement a cap-and-trade regime for greenhouse gas emissions regardless of whether the next President is named Obama or McCain – and all signs point to a significant role for forestry offsets. The Ecosystem Marketplace has been asking project developers for their take on the debate. Second in the Series: REDD in the USA...

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Is the Future of Forest Offsets Already Here?

August 22, 2008

Many environmentalists believe the carbon market has the potential to promote healthy forest management in the United States, and the Conservation Fund's Chris Kelly argues it is happening right now under the California Climate Action Registry forest protocols. Others say the CCAR protocols will require significant changes to fulfill their promise.

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Why there are so few forestry projects under the Clean Development Mechanism

July 1, 2008

This article provides a brief overview of ITTO experience related to A/R CDM projects and reviews technical challenges of accounting for carbon stock changes in A/R CDM and in more recent schemes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD)....

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Preserving Prairie Potholes

June 28, 2008

Ducks Unlimited has restored more than ten million acres of natural habitat, creating carbon sinks that capture untold millions of tons of carbon every year. The Ecosystem Marketplace examines DU's latest effort to harvest those carbon credits and perhaps blend them with biodiversity offsets to restore one of North America's most important and endangered...

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Dorjee Sun: Rockin' for REDD!

June 20, 2008

When not raiding illegal Indonesian logging operations with the Governor of Aceh or hanging ten off the Australian coast, Dorjee Sun is cutting carbon offset deals – among them the world's largest avoided deforestation project to date. The Ecosystem Marketplace  talks to one of the environmental movement's true mavericks.

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Climate Change and Forestry: a REDD Primer

May 19, 2008

One of the most contentious issues in the debate over how to tackle climate change is the role of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in market-based mitigation strategies. Ecosystem Marketplace summarizes the key issues....

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