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World Bank Approves Rules Unlocking $390 Million For Forest Conservation

December 12, 2013

The World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility today approved the methodological framework for its Carbon Fund, setting the stage for the deployment of nearly $390 million to pilot performance-based conservation programs in the developing world....

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Unpacking Warsaw, Part Three: COP Veterans Ask 'Where's The Beef?'

December 6, 2013

After two frustrating weeks of negotiations, delegates of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change saw talks end on a positive note. But the mood was less celebratory at Ecosystem Marketplace’s COP debrief as experts acknowledged some progress, but expressed great concern that the heightened tensions between developed and developing countries...

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Unpacking Warsaw, Part Two: Recognizing The Landscape Reality

December 5, 2013

Most of the viable REDD projects up and running today work in part by taking the pressure off forests, and most do that by providing alternative livelihoods for people who might otherwise be forced to chop down trees. That’s a key component of the “landscapes approach” to agriculture that dominated side events at climate talks in Warsaw,...

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Green for Green: The Buyers That Stand Behind Forest Carbon

December 5, 2013

Carbon finance is helping conserve an area larger than all the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but all that progress could disappear if no one steps up to buy the offsets being generated. In this series, Ecosystem Marketplace digs into the demand side of forest carbon. Who are the buyers? What motivates them? How do they go about investing in...

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Unpacking Warsaw, Part One: The Institutional Arrangements

December 5, 2013

Year-end climate talks this year yielded agreement on institutional arrangements that make it possible for high-level negotiators to meet voluntarily under the auspices of the UNFCCC to formulate guidance on the distribution of REDD finance. Here's a look at the new arrangeemnts and what they mean for negotiations....

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Why Is Amazon Deforestation Climbing?

December 5, 2013

The rise in deforestation in the Amazon over the past year threatens to reverse progress made in the region that has been the largest single contribution to curbing climate change. The news and information source, Mongabay, offers some solutions saying the recent increase has to do with a lack of incentives flowing to farmers. ...

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For REDD Proponents, No Regrets Despite Policy, Finance Challenges

November 26, 2013

Subnational forestry pilot projects in several countries have demonstrated early success in implementing REDD, namely by securing the participation of local communities. However, these efforts are being threatened by the ongoing debate at the national and international levels on REDD+ policy and finance, which could force some promising projects to abandon...

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US, UK, Norway Launch Next-Stage REDD Finance Mechanism Under UNFCCC

November 25, 2013

Norway, the US, and the UK on Wednesday said they would direct $280 million of their funding for REDD+ into jurisdictional efforts designed to ensure that results-based money flows to projects that promote sustainable agriculture – and in a way that encourages the involvement of major corporates....

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Forest Carbon Newsbrief

November 25, 2013

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UPDATE: COP Makes It Official REDD Finance Text Adopted In Warsaw

November 22, 2013

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The REDD Finance Roundtable: A Quick Chat With EDF, WWF, and UCN

November 22, 2013

REDD has been a hot topic again here in Warsaw, with agreement on all major issues but finance coming last week, and a finance text being agreed on last night. Here's an informal but oddly comprehensive overview of all the major issues this year....

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Can This $280 Million Trilateral Blast Spark Climate-Safe Ag In Forest Nations?

November 22, 2013

Norway, the US, and the UK on Wednesday said they would direct $280 million of their funding for REDD+ into jurisdictional efforts designed to ensure that results-based money flows to projects that promote sustainable agriculture – and in a way that encourages the involvement of major corporates....

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Dutch Platform Turns Landscapes Talk Into REDD Reality

November 20, 2013

The REDD theme in Warsaw this week was “landscapes” – paying not only to save forests, but to do so by protecting biodiversity and supporting communities. That’s where private conservation finance has been heading for years, and now a coalition of Netherlands-based corporates and the Dutch government has launched an initiative that makes it explicit.

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Optimism On REDD, But Finance Hurdle Remains

November 20, 2013

REDD+ negotiators have reached agreement on most of the sticky technical issues they needed to address, but talks have bogged down on how funds should be dispersed. Some developing countries are pushing for the creation of a new committee under the COP to coordinate funding, while developed nations argue that’s an unnecessary. Here’s a quick...

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California Issues First Forest Carbon Offsets

November 20, 2013

The California Air Resources Board issued its first forest carbon offsets to two projects, Willits Woods and the Farm Cove. Both projects were early adopters to the forest protocol and both use improved forest management techniques to sequester carbon. Companies that must reduce their emissions under California’s cap-and-trade system may use offsets...

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Forest, Ag Projects Can Combine Adaptation And Mitigation: CIFOR Study

November 18, 2013

Forestry and agricultural projects have numerous opportunities to link adaptation and mitigation benefits, sometimes without even realizing or aiming for it. In particular, projects certified to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB) have surpassed all other projects in achieving such synergies, according to a new report.

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REDD, CDM Likely To Find A Place In New Climate Agreement: Figueres

November 15, 2013

Few things are certain regarding the international climate negotiations taking place in Warsaw this week. But UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres sees a role for both the beleaguered Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) projects, assuming REDD projects can overcome their financing challenges.

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REDD Reference Levels Share Stage With Broader Land-Use Issues In Warsaw

November 12, 2013

Negotiators meeting in Warsaw this week will focus on the critical issue of establishing reference levels for projects that reduce emissions by protecting endangered rainforest. That will clear the path for more REDD funding, even as side events and informal meetings begin to look at broader agricultural issues that are expected to play a larger role in talks to come.

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The Basics Of Carbon Accounting Under The UN Framework Convention

November 12, 2013

Before the world can harness carbon finance to save endangered forests, it needs to agree on how to both scientifically measure the amount of carbon that goes into and out of trees, soils, and grasses but also to politically account for it. That’s a central focus of talks this week in Warsaw, and was the subject of a corse that the University of...

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Forest Carbon Newsbrief

November 11, 2013

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