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PG&E Boosts California Forestry

March 11, 2008

The first transaction of offsets certified to the California Climate Action Registry protocols signals a growing acceptance of forestry projects as a tool to combat climate change. Joseph Pallant of Carbon Project Solutions recaps the deal and examines some of the new technologies supporting the practice....

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Painting the Town REDD: Merrill Lynch Inks Massive Voluntary Forest Deal

February 8, 2008

In a major demonstration of confidence in the viability of voluntary carbon offsets as a strategic investment, Merrill Lynch is raising equity for a 100-million-ton, for-profit avoided deforestation project in Aceh, Indonesia. Tellingly for the future of the forestry market, the decision to take the plunge had more to do with the cultural and biodiversity...

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Mbaracayú: Lessons in Avoiding Deforestation

January 8, 2008

Nearly two decades ago, a small Paraguayan NGO teamed up with a global environmental NGO and a mid-sized American energy provider to save a chunk of rainforest from the sawmills by offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. The Ecosystem Marketplace revisits one of the world's first carbon offset projects: the Mbaracayú Forest Nature Reserve. Second in a three-part series.

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Towards Improving Forestry Offsetting Schemes

January 1, 2008

The EU operates regulated carbon credit trading schemes, but there is a smaller, rapidly growing and unregulated voluntary market in carbon offsetting, which has been dominated by forestry schemes. New research investigates the economic and environmental value of forestry offsets, and suggests how they might be incorporated into regulated schemes.

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REDD Hot in Bali – and Very Confusing

December 10, 2007

Most people attending the Climate Change Conference in Bali agree: avoided deforestation, often referred to as REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), will play a role in whatever regime replaces the Kyoto Protocol once it expires in 2012. But as the Ecosystem Marketplace finds out, the devil – and debate – is in the details.

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From Ugandan Schoolteacher to International Carbon Consultant: A Profile of Beatrice Ahimbisibwe

November 18, 2007

For years forestry carbon--paying for the carbon sequestered by trees--has been the subject of intense debate among those interested in the world's carbon markets. Critics claim these projects are all about greenwashing, naysayers say they are difficult to monitor and skeptics charge they lead to large plantations of eucalyptus.

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It's Not Easy Being Green in Aceh, Indonesia

October 25, 2007

John-O Niles of Carbon Conservation Pty. Ltd writes about the challenges of utilizing carbon finance to protect Indonesian forests....

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Sierra Gorda Taps Voluntary Markets for Carbon and Environmental Offsets - Again

October 16, 2007

After years of trying to develop and market a carbon sequestration project under the formal Kyoto rules for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, the Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda and its partner organization Bosque Sustentable changed course and decided to pursue voluntary markets instead (see "Horses for Courses: Voluntary vs. CDM Carbon Projects in Mexico").

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Speaking for the Trees: Voluntary Markets Help Expand the Reach of Climate Efforts

September 14, 2007

Alongside the burgeoning compliance market in carbon reductions spawned by ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the voluntary market--made up of everyone from large corporations to interested individuals--continues to grow as efforts to combat climate change become increasingly well known. The Ecosystem Marketplace tracks the profusion of programs and...

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Shaun Paul: The Angel Investor

June 6, 2007

For the last fifteen years, Shaun Paul has been connecting local communities to global sources of technology and funding. The Ecosystem Marketplace finds out why the co-founder of EcoLogic Development Fund thinks global environmental solutions must respond to local needs....

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Kyoto Carbon Markets Bring New Value to the Green Slopes of New Zealand

February 28, 2007

The government of New Zealand is hoping carbon markets can help tackle a number of environmental problems affecting the green islands' mountainous terrain. The Ecosystem Marketplace discovers how the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative is introducing "carbon farming" to rural land management....

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From Ugandan Schoolteacher to International Carbon Consultant: A Profile of Beatrice Ahimbisibwe

November 18, 2006

For years forestry carbon--paying for the carbon sequestered by trees--has been the subject of intense debate among those interested in the world's carbon markets. Critics claim these projects are all about greenwashing, naysayers say they are difficult to monitor and skeptics charge they lead to large plantations of eucalyptus.

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Speaking for the Trees: Voluntary Markets Help Expand the Reach of Climate Efforts

September 14, 2006

Alongside the burgeoning compliance market in carbon reductions spawned by ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the voluntary market--made up of everyone from large corporations to interested individuals--continues to grow as efforts to combat climate change become increasingly well known. The Ecosystem Marketplace tracks the profusion of programs and...

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News Summary: September 31, 2010

December 31, 1969

Having trouble reading this email? Click Here [1] to view the posted version.   September 30, 2010     *The Ecosystem Marketplace's Forest Carbon News * /Tracking Terrestrial Carbon/ Carbon standards are the cornerstone of any carbon market, because they define all the actions and outputs that constitute a bona fide emission reduction.

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State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2011 is Launching!

December 31, 1969

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