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In Warsaw As In California, Forest Carbon Carrot Needs Compliance Stick

November 11, 2013

Today’s voluntary forest projects have the capacity to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 1.4 billion tons over the next five years, but voluntary markets alone aren’t likely to generate that kind of demand. If compliance markets don’t start driving demand soon, we could lose many of the environmental benefits achieved to-date.

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Demand For Forest Carbon Offsets Rises As Forestland Under Carbon Management Grows

November 6, 2013

Covering New Ground, Ecosystem Marketplace's new State of the Forest Carbon Markets report launched today in London. Among the findings in this year's report include market growth by 9% and a growing interest from the business community in payment schemes that protect forests. Also in 2012, the amount of forest conserved by carbon finance grew to 26.5 million hectares.

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Indigenous Leaders Say Stronger Land Rights Helped Slow Deforestation

October 29, 2013

Indigenous people have always been among the most responsible stewards of forestland, and new research backs that up. A report released today at the Oslo REDD Exchange 2013, an international conference in Norway, identifies a clear correlation between indigenous land tenure and healthy forests....

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To The Atlantic: Don't Let Conservation Finance Go The Way Of Obamacare And Climate Science

October 25, 2013

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Forest Carbon Newsbrief

October 24, 2013

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Key Companies Have Stepped Up on Climate Change. Will Governments Leave Them in The Lurch?

October 23, 2013

Voluntary REDD projects are actively protecting more than 14 million hectares of endangered forest, but most multilateral funding looks destined for countries with no history of REDD and no local expertise. This makes sense from a capacity-building perspective, but is it the right approach?...

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Can NAMAs Overcome The CDM's Shortcomings To Achieve Sustainability Benefits?

October 10, 2013

The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism has failed to deliver the kind of sustainable development benefits that many believed it would, and many now look to Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions to succeed where the CDM failed. Carbon Market Watch says that NAMA proponents can learn plenty from the CDM’s successes and its failures.

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International REDD Faces Uphill Battle in California in 2014

October 8, 2013

California once seemed all but certain to become the first compliance market to welcome offsets from projects that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), but efforts to include international offsets still face political opposition. Here’s a quick status report....

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Key Companies Have Stepped Up On Climate Change. Why Are Governments Leaving Them In The Lurch?

October 7, 2013

This post was first featured in the Huffington Post as a part of our participation in the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, which was launched on September 30 by the Skoll Foundation and Huffington Post. The challenge is a CrowdRise campaign designed to raise awareness and funding for social entrepreneurs, and we can certainly use it.

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Three Peruvian States Join Global Subnational Carbon Cooperative

October 7, 2013

Three Peruvian states last week joined the Governors' Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF). This means that the collaboration of states and provinces aiming to curb deforestation and reduce carbon emissions is now active within 20% of the world's tropical forests. Also last week, the GCF elected the governor of Acre, Brazil, as their new chair.

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Can Financing Mechanisms Bridge The REDD+ Money Gap?

September 26, 2013

Private-sector REDD projects have proactively saved roughly 20 million hectares of endangered forest, and the number is growing. Public-sector buyers, however, are putting their money into programs that don’t yet exist, and true compliance buyers are years away. Here’s a look at two discussion papers focusing on new financing mechanisms that...

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California Air Resources Board Issues First Compliance Offset Credits

September 25, 2013

California's cap-and-trade program took a step forward as the state's Air Resources Board (ARB) delivered its first issuance of compliance offset credits for five ozone depleting substance destruction projects. The ARB will continue to issue credits twice monthly starting in October. ...

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Gender Integration in REDD+: From Promises to Practice

September 23, 2013

Gender mainstreaming in REDD+ has taken a tremendous leap forward in recent months with the introduction of practical tools and standards that measure the consideration and integration of gender in REDD+ activities at both the national and subnational levels. Here is a look at some of the tools that have emerged in the first half of 2013 and the policies driving their creation.

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Disney To Expand Voluntary Carbon Offset Buying

September 20, 2013

Already a major player in the voluntary carbon market, the Walt Disney Company is planning to expand its offset purchasing program to cover indirect emissions related to its operations. Disney has pledged to continue supporting new offset projects, particularly in the forestry sector, and has used the funds generated from its double-digit internal carbon...

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Almir Surui: Perseverance Under Pressure

September 20, 2013

Brazil’s Paiter-Surui and cosmetics giant Natura made history last month when Natura bought the first-ever indigenous REDD carbon offsets from this once-isolated people. That transaction capped six years of development on the part of the Surui, but the events that led to it have been brewing for decades. Here’s how persistence, persuasion, and...

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The Peru Carbon Fund: A Peruvian Standard For Peruvian Forests

September 20, 2013

The Peru Carbon Fund’s new PCF Standard aims to generate something it calls “Carbon Capture Certificates” for people who plant native trees on previously deforested land. It’s a novel approach that allows for landowners to reforest and harvest while accessing carbon payments....

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Credits From First African Government Backed REDD+ Project Go On Sale

September 20, 2013

Author: Rhett A. ButlerThe Makira REDD+ project in Madagascar, which aims to protect 400,000 hectares of forest, announced its carbon credits are for sale becoming the first of its kind to put credits on the carbon market. Devastated by illegal rosewood logging just a few years ago, the Makira REDD+ project is part of Code REDD, a group of projects...

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Forest Carbon Newsletter

September 10, 2013

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Brazilian Cosmetics Giant Buys First Indigenous REDD Credits

September 10, 2013

The Paiter Suruí people of the Amazon announced today that cosmetics giant Natura Cosméticos has purchased 120,000 tons of carbon offsets that the Suruí developed by saving endangered rainforest. It’s the first sale of forest-carbon credits developed by indigenous people, and one that provides a template for indigenous people across the Amazon.

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California To Put Buyers On The Hook For Forest Offsets

September 9, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is scheduled to sign off on a proposal to shift the invalidation risk away from forest owners to the buyers of offset credits from approved forestry projects next month. The regulators are aiming for consistency, but at least one major emitter is concerned that making buyers responsible for the risk will make it more...

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