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Strategic approach needed as forestry devolution continues

GFIS - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 13:19
Stuart Goodall argues that a collaborative approach is needed to ensure that key strategic services remain after further devolution of forestry policy and delivery. Read the  article...

Sappi chairperson to step down

GFIS - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 12:37
Dr Danie Cronjé will retire as Sappi chairperson at the end of February 2016. He was appointed to the board in January 2008 and took up the position of chairperson in March of that year.

Now 'right moment' for carbon tax: IMF chief

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 12:05
AFP, 8 October 2015 The time is right for governments to introduce taxes on carbon emissions, which would help fight global warming and raise badly needed revenue, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday. "It is just the right moment to introduce carbon taxes," Lagarde said at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Lima, Peru. The issue is in the spotlight two months from a key United Nations conference in Paris tasked with delivering a comprehensive carbon-cutting pact to save the planet from the potentially catastrophic impact of global warming.

Ecosystem Marketplace's V-Carbon Newsletter

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 12:02
Ecosystem Marketplace, 8 October 2015 Ecosystem Marketplace's V-Carbon News Brief quietly celebrated its 100th issue last month, marking more than four years of continuous coverage of voluntary carbon news. Meanwhile our Forest Carbon News Brief published its 96th issue in September. In honor of this centennial and almost-centennial, we're letting these two newsletters go into retirement and as of today launching a joint newsletter with a few new features.

CIFOR partners with USAID to shed light on ‘zero-deforestation’ commitments in Indonesia

GFIS - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 11:55
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is partnering with the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID) in a...

FRIM-Selangor JPBD hold workshop on heritage site buffer

GFIS - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 10:16
9 October 2015 (Friday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) had conducted the first series of Workshop on Determination of Bufer Zone Criteria for Selangor Heritage Sites focusing on the determination of buffer zone boundaries for the state natural heritage sites from 30 September to 1 October 2015. The workshop, co-organised with the Selangor Department […]

[Indonesia] Following forum in Jakarta, NGOs send letter to Asia Pulp & Paper urging reform

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 10:12
By Joshua Martin, Environmental Paper Network, 8 October 2015 A group of NGOs sent a letter to Asia Pulp and Paper Director, Linda Wijaya, after a stakeholder engagement forum in Jakarta on October 5th. At the forum, APP presented information on how it is attempting to implement its Forest Conservation Policy and associated plans. NGO’s raised the issues contained in this letter and sought assurances from APP that it will increase its efforts to quickly reform its structures and practices. The signatories to the letter make clear to APP that their re-engagement, which follows a withdrawal earlier this year after the murder of farmer Indra Pelani by security guards in an APP concession in the province of Jambi, is not an endorsement of the company’s policies and practices and should not be used by the company to promote its products in the market place or seek additional finance.

[Indonesia] Haze cancels Jokowi haze visit as greater cooperation looms

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:57
mongabay.com, 8 October 2015 ndonesian President Joko Widodo’s flight to visit firefighting efforts in Sumatra was diverted on Thursday after the region’s haze kept flying visibility below the legal minimum. Jokowi and Health Minister Nila Moelok cancelled their visit to the haze-hit region on Thursday. Indonesian news magazine Tempo said it was the second time in a week Jokowi canceled the visit to the region. Air quality in Malaysia and Singapore improved on Thursday after rain on Wednesday dispersed pollutants. Air on Thursday afternoon was firmly in the “moderate” range in both countries with southerly winds too weak to carry pollution over the Malacca Strait. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tweeted a picture of blue skies.

Deforestation declines in the Amazon rainforest

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:56
By Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com, 6 October 2015 Destruction of primary forests across the Amazon basin has declined significantly since the 2000s, finds research published Monday by a group of Latin American social and environmental organizations known as The Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG). The study, released as a report with a detailed map of deforestation, indicates that deforestation between 2010 and 2013 fell sharply both inside and outside the Brazilian Amazon. The findings are significant because they are the first to document change in primary forest in the Amazon outside of Brazil. The decline in Brazil’s deforestation has been widely reported due to the country’s advanced monitoring system. Less well-known is the trend in non-Brazilian countries.

Study on land use change underlies Brazil’s climate commitment

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:53
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), 7 October 2015 Brazil can balance its goals of protecting the environment and becoming a major global producer of food, wood products, and biofuels, according to a new report based on IIASA research. The report provides the land use, agriculture, and forestry background for Brazil’s proposed Indented Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the country’s commitment to greenhouse gas reductions until 2050. This is the main message of the report launched today in Brazil, which was produced by the REDD+ Policy Assessment Centre (REDD-PAC), a collaboration between IIASA, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) - Brazil, the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) , and the United Nations Environment Program and World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). It assesses deforestation, forest regrowth, crop production, and emissions from land use, forests and agriculture from 2020 to 2050.

[Indonesia] Upcoming Asia Pulp & Paper pulp mill 'will guzzle timber'

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:38
By David Fogarty, The Straits Times, 5 October 2015 APP is building the US$2.6 billion (S$3.7 billion) mill, majority-funded by a Chinese bank, to feed ever- growing demand for paper products from Asia's rapidly growing middle class. But to do that, the mill, once running at full capacity by around 2018, will consume a vast amount of timber. And that has conservationists worried. "The construction of such a massive mill certainly raises questions about whether APP will be able to maintain its 'zero deforestation' commitment once it starts operating," said Mr Christopher Barr, executive director of Woods & Wayside International and a veteran pulpwood sector analyst. APP, part of Indonesia's Sinar Mas Group, says the mill in Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) district in South Sumatra will rely only on Acacia plantation timber, not rainforest timber, reflecting its zero-deforestation pledge made in 2013.

A Korean Economist is Elected to Lead the U.N. Climate Change Panel

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:16
By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times, 6 October 2015 Hoesung Lee, a Korean economist who was a vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been elected chairman, defeating European and American candidates with far more prominent public profiles. Lee is a professor at Korea University in Seoul, specializing in the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development... Lee, like many economists who came of age at the peak of the traditional environmental movement, has a very locked-in view that raising the cost of polluting is the critical way to shift global economies away from cheap fossil fuels. Just price that externality and all will be well. That’s true in a rational system. But the real world hasn’t proved very rational in this arena, leading other analysts in this arena to focus as much on spurring innovation to make clean energy cheap as they do on finding ways to regulate or tax polluters.

The Pope & the Market

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:12
By William D. Nordhaus, TheNew York Review of Books, 8 October 2015 Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment and capitalism, Laudato Si’, is an eloquent description of the natural world and its relationship to human societies... In reading the encyclical, one senses the struggle of an ancient institution, immersed in its doctrine and history, slowly and incompletely adapting to modern science. Most commentaries have focused on the pope’s endorsement of climate science, but my focus here is primarily on the social sciences, particularly economics. My major point is that the encyclical overlooks the central part that markets, particularly market-based environmental policies such as carbon pricing, must play if countries are to make substantial progress in slowing global warming.

Yes, The Pope Supports A Carbon Price. Economists Just 'Misinterpreted The Encyclical.'

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:02
By Joe Romm, Climate Progress, 7 October 2015 The pope’s climate encyclical does not oppose carbon pricing. Quite the reverse, as we will see. Leading climate economists who support putting a price on carbon, including William Nordhaus and Robert Stavins, have criticized the pope for supposedly opposing or ignoring carbon taxes and/or carbon pricing. I have long thought that some people were misreading and overemphasizing one paragraph in the encyclical at the expense of others that are clearly supportive of carbon pricing. This week I was able to get some insight from economist and longtime Vatican observer, Anthony Annett, a 15-year veteran of the International Monetary Fund who is a climate change and sustainable development advisor at Columbia’s Earth Institute and Religions for Peace.

India steps up efforts to combat wildlife trade

GFIS - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:00
A beefed up sniffer-dog program and trainings for law enforcement and forestry officials to are signs that India is tightening control of its illegal trade in wildlife.

[Nigeria] Lack of viable alternatives threatens forest conservation - Expert

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 08:58
The Guardian Nigeria, 8 October 2015 The Chairman of Cross River State Forestry Commission, Dr Odigha Odigha, on Thursday identified lack of viable alternatives as a threat to forest conservation in the country. Odigha said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to him, cutting of firewood leads to deforestation while its domestic use brings pressure on the environment. However, when you say people should not use firewood what alternatives are you bringing for them? Other issues are that our forest is serving multiple purposes of alleviating poverty at rural levels,’’ he said. The chairman remarked that the United Nations (UN)-Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) was being implemented in Nigeria in spite of serious poverty at the rural level... Odigha said that the political will was also not strong enough to run the REDD+ Programme in the country.

Fire & haze in Indonesia: Research and resources

GFIS - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 08:58
Forest fires occur in Indonesia every dry season. However, the haze that spreads to other countries is no longer restricted...

Fighting to save the largest lowland forest in Cambodia

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 08:54
By Joe McCarthy, Global Citizen, 8 October 2015 339 villages housing more than 200,000 indigenous people live in and around the Prey Lang forest in Northern Cambodia. It’s an essential watershed that provides water and food security to the country, is a key part of cultural traditions and is integral to the local economy. Prey Lang sequesters a lot of carbon just by being its 500,000 hectare-self. It fosters more than 27 endangered animals and 20 endangered plants. It fosters countless other plants and animals. It’s also spectacularly beautiful. Yet, Prey Lang (like so many other forests around the world) is under threat by industrial interests. Hypothetically, you can mine Prey Lang. Hypothetically, you can harvest the trees of Prey Lang. Hypothetically, you can set up resource processing plants in Prey Lang. And hypothetically, you can get rich off Prey Lang. But why would you ever do any of these things?

What the heck is REDD+ and why should you care?

REDD monitor news - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 08:50
By Natalie Prolman, Global Citizen, 8 October 2015 REDD+ is a United Nations envisioned climate change mitigation strategy that when implemented can quickly reduce millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions and deliver significant benefits to local landowners and forest communities, as well as the wildlife that inhabits the forest areas. And guess what?? It works! ... By making forests more valuable standing than cut down, the REDD+ mechanism provides forest communities and countries with an awesome model for economic development where both people and the planet can benefit.


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