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Sierra Leone News : American Ambassador pledges to support STEWARD <b>REDD+</b> Policy with <b>...</b>

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The Sustainable and Thriving Environment for West Africa Development (STEWARD), in collaboration with the National Protective Area Authority ...

[Indonesia] Strategy to side with indigenous people

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By Eid Purwanto, The Jakarta Post, 27 July 2015 To deal with rampant land disputes involving indigenous communities, the Environment and Forestry Ministry has set a target of redistributing 12.7 million hectares of social forests (2015-2019), in which the majority (6.8 million ha) would be taken from concession forests — totaling 30 million ha, which is composed of industrial forest permits (HTI) of around 10 million ha and natural production forest concessions (HPH) of around 12 million ha — in the form of partnership forests, Hutan Kemitraan (HK). The remaining 5.9 million ha will come from open-access production forests with no existing permits (unmanaged production forest) in the form of village forests or Hutan Desa (HD), community forests or Hutan Kemasyarakatan (HKM) and customary forests or Hutan Adat (HD).

REDD in the news: 20-26 July 2015

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REDD-Monitor’s weekly round up of the news on REDD, forests and climate. The links are organised by date (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news links on delicious.com are updated regularly. For past REDD in the news posts, click here.   20 July 2015 Climate Seer James … read more

Perlen suffers from strong Swiss franc and lower paper prices

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Despite higher sales volumes, CPH Group recorded a decline in sales and an EBIT loss in the first...

Malaysia clamps down on illegal wildlife trade using social media

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27th July 2015—Malaysian authorities announced today the arrest of four men and the rescue of two juvenile Orang Utans offered for sale through a social media page used by a clandestine group to trade exotic wildlife online.

A price tag on the environment? That will be $125 trillion a year

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:50
By Jack Hewson, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 22 July 2015 Although not a particularly romantic idea, putting a price tag on the natural world is something conservation scientists have sought to do for decades. The latest of these environmental audits has put the net worth of ecological services — be they carbon sequestration, regulation of the water cycle, or protecting biodiversity, among countless others — at $125 trillion a year. And working with the logic of these attempts at valuation, payments for ecosystem services (PES) is one model by which the protection of these “assets” is financially incentivized. But challenging the logic of PES is a new study conducted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), which suggests that cash rewards are only one of several factors affecting conservation outcomes.

The week climate change diplomacy went into overdrive

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:49
By Ed King, RTCC, 23 July 2015 An unprecedented climate diplomacy drive is now fully underway, spanning continents and forcing governments to focus on what a UN global warming pact will look like. Envoys face a brutal five months in the run-up to December’s UN summit in Paris, where a deal to avert dangerous levels of climate change is to be finalised. Many will spend the rest of 2015 shuttling between capitals, the vapour trails and additional greenhouse gas emissions of their flights a price paid to tackle this fiendish problem. “Burdensome but necessary” is how Giza Gaspar Martins, the Angolan diplomat representing the world’s poorest countries at negotiations described his workload to RTCC. “We are doing much more than the last time we tried to do this… then there was very little prior engagement and as a result we failed miserably,” he said, referring to the 2009 Copenhagen summit.

UN climate chief: Paris to set 50-year agenda

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By Elaine Ganley, AP, 22 July 2015 The December climate change conference in Paris is the last chance for a meaningful agreement that would offer hope for a planet at risk due to greenhouse gases, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said Wednesday. Figueres is deep into preparations to broker a landmark, legally binding climate deal with more than 190 nations to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels. "Science is telling us that time is running out," Figueres said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We do not play with this anymore. We are at five minutes to 12 and Paris is the 12 o'clock strike of the clock." So far, less than 50 of 194 nations have weighed in with commitments to slash carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to reduce global warming.

Colombia pledges to cut carbon emissions 20 percent by 2030

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:47
Reuters, 21 July 2015 Colombia, South America's third-largest economy, has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by at least 20 percent by 2030 as a contribution to a new agreement aimed at fighting global warming, the government said on Tuesday. Colombia said it is finishing plans and should present them to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the following weeks. Vallejo López said Colombia's Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), as the UN proposals are known, will focus on fighting deforestation, increasing energy efficiency, creating sources of renewable energy and renovating public transportation with hybrid vehicles. The minister said the country could raise the target to reduce heat-trapping gases to 25 percent or 30 percent if it receives financial backing from the international community to implement and speed up some of its programs.

Swamp power: how the world's wetlands can help stop climate change

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By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 20 July 2015 Maintaining the wetland is also key to reducing Europe’s carbon emissions. Peatland makes up just 3% of the continent’s agricultural land but, because of poor management and degradation, is responsible for more than 90% of CO2 emissions from farming. Globally, ‘paludiculture’ (literally, swamp cultivation) could also help to save the world’s disappearing peat swamp forests, which account for around 5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and an immeasurable loss in biodiversity. Peatland is waterlogged land with a 30cm top layer of decomposing plant material. Conventional use of the land in agriculture requires draining and clearing, which releases locked in CO2 back into the atmosphere and degrades the land.

Burma sentences 153 Chinese workers to life imprisonment for illegal logging

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:44
Reuters, 23 July 2015 China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Burma after a court sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging. China’s voracious demand for raw materials has fuelled resentment in Burma towards its giant northern neighbour. Regions along Burma’s porous border with China have long been hotbeds for an illegal trade in timber to feed Chinese demand. Much of Burma’s jade is also believed to be illegally smuggled into China. A court in Myitkyina, capital of Kachin state in the north of Myanmar, handed down sentences to 155 Chinese citizens on Wednesday. Two of those convicted got 10-year prison terms, the rest life sentences. All will have a chance to appeal against the rulings, said a court official. An official from Myitkyina’s prison department confirmed the sentences. China’s foreign ministry said it was “extremely concerned” about the decision and had lodged a protest with Burma.

Blue-sky thinking from the South African government

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By Gabi Knott and Aldine Armstrong, Lexology, 24 July 2015 In 2011, the National Climate Change Response White Paper provided that South Africa would coordinate and develop a coherent policy framework to curb greenhouse gas (‘GHG’) emissions by 34 per cent by 2020 and 42 per cent by 2025, and to achieve this goal, would publish a suite of policy measures and strategies aimed at both mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. In 2015 it has become evident that the executive and legislative branches of government are aligning themselves with this aim. The National Budget Speech reaffirmed the implementation of Carbon Tax in 2016, and more recently the formalisation of the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory System was followed by the publication of various Reporting Regulations.

The Name Is Bonds, Green Bonds

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By Andrew Hutton and Michele Discepola, Corporate Counsel, 24 July 2015 Companies succeed in large part due to their ability to analyze current circumstances (at the micro and macro level), while positioning themselves to make the most of what they believe the future will bring. In today's economic environment, a "greener" focus could be key to sustained business success. And this may also extend to companies' financing options. So-called green bonds have terms and conditions similar to those found with traditional bonds, but are issued by corporations or governments and their agencies specifically looking to raise funds earmarked for one or more projects that tackle climate change. Examples include Toyota Financial Services' issuance of asset-backed securities that were linked to hybrid and electric vehicle loans, and the issuance of corporate bonds by Unibail-Rodamco SE, Vasakronan AB and Regency Centres Corporation for investment in various green building portfolios.

[UK] Elderly scam victims from Carmarthenshire given £800 back after fraudsters tracked down

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Llanelli Star, 24 July 2015 Carmarthenshire Council's Trading Standards team has handed over £800 back to elderly people who had been scammed by fraudsters. They have been working with the National Trading Standards Scams Team, who have identified and closed down several fraudulent PO Box addresses across the UK in recent months, intercepting payments which would have been paid to bogus prize draws. Among the people saved from the scammers were 30 Carmarthenshire residents who had sent cash and cheques through the post believing they had won a big money prize. Through the Scams Hub scheme, their mail was intercepted, and Carmarthenshire Trading Standards staff and officers from Dyfed Powys Police have visited each to hand their money back, giving them advice about recognising scams in future, and offering support.

World Bank’s first price auction lends hope for carbon market revival

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:16
By M Ramesh, Business Line, 24 July 2015 Say ‘ignorance is bliss’ to S Chandrasekhar and he would probably nod in agreement. The Managing Director of Bhoruka Power Corporation, one of India’s leading renewable energy companies, says that his lack of deep knowledge of the carbon markets back in 2006-07 stood his company in good stead – it was the ‘fear of the unknown’ that bade him on to strike a long-term deal with a buyer of carbon credits then, for a price of €13. At that time, spot prices stood at €17 a credit. In the next seven years, Bhoruka would sell over 1,00,000 credits at €13 apiece, well insulated from the carbon market crash. Today, carbon credits are going for a few cents. In June, Indian climate advisory firm EnKing International advertised that was willing to buy 20,000 carbon credits for 35 (dollar) cents each. Not many companies are so lucky.

Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Geneva, July 20, 2015

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27 July, 2015

Human Rights Council
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Eighth Session
20-24 July 2015

Item 3 of the Provisional Agenda

Follow up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)
including the review of the Mandate of the Expert Mechanism
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

STATEMENT OF THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Geneva, July 20, 2015

First let me thank the EMRIP and the Secretariat of the OHCHR for inviting me to attend this year's session and to speak on the various agenda items. After the historic World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) held last year, this year's session is a good opportunity to visit the Outcome Document and see which among the commitments agreed to are moving or have great potentials of being implemented at the national and global levels. This document was adopted by consensus by UN member-states at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in September 22, 2014.

It is almost going to be a year since its adoption and this is an opportune time to see the trends as far as its implementation is moving. One other reason for revisiting this historic document is that this year, 2015, the UN is going to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. The contributions and operationalization of the WCIP Outcome Document will be very important in ensuring that indigenous peoples will not be left behind in the implementation of these SDGs.

I have been engaged with the indigenous peoples' processes leading up to the Alta Conference, the WCIP itself, and the various meetings held after the WCIP was over. These included the Expert Group Meeting of the UNPFII on the Optional Protocol held in January this year, the meeting organized by the University of Arizona, and the meeting of indigenous peoples held here in Geneva in February. I also had the opportunity to speak with various indigenous peoples organizations and networks in various parts of the world to get their views on how the WCIP Outcome Document can be effectively implemented. In the past months, I had some meetings with various State representatives where we discussed the WCIP Outcome Document. Among those who I had a chance to speak with on this issue are the Permanent Representatives of the US, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, as well as the Deputy PR of Canada and the representative of the Government of Guatemala. When I was in Oslo early this year, I met with the Minister of State of Norway where we also talked of the same issue.

The views I have gathered are diverse but there is a common view that the capacities of the UN mechanisms (UNPFII, EMRIP, UNSRRIP) to be able to monitor and provide advise on how the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the WCIP Outcome Document have to be enhanced. This is the broader context which will define how the mandate of the EMRIP will be reviewed and improved. It has been reiterated several times that the complementarity of the 3 mechanisms should be sustained and duplication should be avoided. There is simply too much to do to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the ILO Convention No. 169 are protected, respected and fulfilled. Human rights violations and impunity are the daily experiences of many indigenous peoples on a daily basis and these should not be allowed to persist. If the mandate of the EMRIP is enhanced for it to be able to do its monitoring role in a better fashion this will help States and indigenous peoples in upholding their respective roles as duty bearers and rights-holders.

There are three other points which I would like highlight. First, I think that one of the most important points is the commitment by States to develop National Action Plans. Paragraph 8 of the WCIP Outcome Document (A/69/2) states, "We commit ourselves to cooperating with indigenous peoples, through their own representative institutions, to develop and implement national action plans, strategies and other measures, where relevant, to achieve the ends of the Declaration". What we are looking for are steps taken to effectively implement the UN Declaration and these can be seen and felt more at the national level. Obstacles and challenges faced in the implementation of the Declaration should be analyzed and addressed in a national action plan. It is my hope that through the years States will come to the UN General Assembly or at the UN Human Rights Council to report on what they have done to implement this commitment.

Secondly, the commitment to make a system-wide action plan (SWAP). This is in Paragraph 31 which states, "31. We request the Secretary-General, in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples, the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples and Member States, to begin the development, within existing resources, of a system-wide action plan to ensure a coherent approach in achieving the ends of the Declaration and to report to the General Assembly at its seventieth session, through the Economic and Social Council, on progress made..." This commitment is important for indigenous peoples because the UN system is composed of different bodies, programmes, funds and specialized agencies whose legal instruments, policies, guidelines, strategies and projects have diverse impacts on indigenous peoples. There are those which have developed guidelines and policies on indigenous peoples. The UN Development Group (UNDG) has its own guidelines on indigenous peoples' issues.

Coherence and consistency is an important principle which is being requested of the UN system. The human-rights based approach to development (HRBA) has been agreed upon as a key principle to be applied across the board by various UN bodies, funds, agencies and programmes. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the ILO Convention No. 169 (for those who ratified this), are the main foundational frameworks which should be applied in relation to development programmes and projects affecting indigenous peoples. So the SWAP should reaffirm that these two instruments will be the underlying framework in any policy and program they do with indigenous peoples.

There are many concrete examples of such kinds of inconsistency which need to be addressed. The most recent example which I was just appraised of was what happened at the recent meeting of the World Heritage Commission of the UNESCO in Bonn. From the reports I got, there were huge debates whether human rights is even a framework that should be used when designations of world heritage sites are done. There were even questions raised on who are indigenous peoples and suggestions that local communities be the concept used instead of indigenous peoples. How can a UN agency which is the main body dealing with questions of culture and cultural rights allow such backsliding in terms of the application of the human rights based approach? Many World Heritage sites are found in indigenous peoples' territories and if these are designated as such. The right thing to do before such processes are finalized is to first get the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples and to develop clear agreements with indigenous peoples concerned what will be their roles in sustaining such sites, what support will they get in terms of policies and technical assistance and what benefits will accrue to them.

It is important that the governing bodies or councils and the senior management of these various bodies, programmes, agencies and funds, move towards institutionalizing their policies, guidelines and contributions in implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Article 42 of the UN Declaration says, "The United Nations, its bodies, including the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and specialized agencies, including at the country level, and States shall promote respect for and full application of the provisions of this Declaration and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration".

Many positive changes in the UN system in relation to the implementation of the UN Declaration happened because there are staff persons within the institutions who are passionate and committed to indigenous issues. However, when they leave there is no guarantee that the persons who will take over will have the same commitment. Therefore it is important to achieve a level of institutionalization. I often cite the example of the International Fund on Agricultural Development (IFAD) which created its own Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples. Afterwards it established the Indigenous Peoples' Forum which meets every two years and in these meetings the representatives of indigenous peoples will have the chance to speak before the Governing Council and also with Senior Management of IFAD. In addition, to ensure that there is consistent application of their policy on indigenous peoples and the decisions reached at the Indigenous Peoples' Forum. The IFAD has in place a quality assurance system which reviews country and thematic projects and programmes to check whether indigenous peoples issues are addressed, particularly in countries where indigenous peoples live. I believe this is a good practice which should be emulated and should be taken into account in a system-wide action plan.

The third point is how the issue of development, impacts on indigenous peoples rights to land, territories and resources, (Paragraph 20, 21, 22, 23) [1] the crucial role of obtaining free, prior and informed consent and how traditional knowledge systems are further strengthened to promote sustainable and equitable development. In the midst of serious, multiple economic and environment crises facing the world today, indigenous peoples visions and practices in promoting their own self-determined development processes should be reinforced.

This is precisely why indigenous peoples have been consistently engaged with the processes related to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and formulation of SDGS. While there is a big disappointment because the Goals and Targets of the SDGs hardly mention indigenous peoples, I am still hoping that when the indicators on how to measure progress of the implementation of SDGs are made, indicators which can show progress for indigenous peoples will be included. Without data disaggregation the situation of indigenous peoples will not be made visible. It can also happen that an SDG goal can be achieved for the general population but at the expense of indigenous peoples. This already happened with the MDGs. In some countries where extreme poverty was cut by half, indigenous peoples ended up being displaced and being even poorer. Subsidies were provided to the dominant population to encroach on indigenous peoples lands to produce monocrop plantations which benefitted the settlers but displaced indigenous peoples. Such situations where indigenous peoples fall between the cracks should be avoided at all costs.

Again it cannot be stressed enough, that before any large-scale extractive or infrastructure projects are brought into indigenous peoples territories, it is an imperative that they are consulted and their free, prior and informed consent is obtained. In this way risks of high-impact conflicts will be prevented. This is why the implementation on how the Voluntary Guiding Principles on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises at the national level has to be done. National Action Plans to implement the Guiding Principles should be developed and if there are elements of these plans directly related to indigenous peoples, these can be included in the NAPs for the implementation of the WCIP Outcome Document.

I was just here in Geneva the other week during the First Session of the "Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and other business enterprises with respect to Human Rights". This is the body tasked to elaborate on a legally-binding treaty to regulate behaviors of TNCs and other business enterprises. I was invited to make the opening keynote address.

My full statement on this can be found on my website, unsr.vtaulicorpuz.org, I stated in this statement "The adoption by the Human Rights Council Resolution 26/9, establishing this Working Group represents a significant development. The United Nations responded to calls from around the world, including the persistent appeals of indigenous peoples, to strengthen the architecture of international human rights law in order to adapt further to the challenges posed by corporate-related human rights abuses. While the global economic trends are increasingly characterized by dominance of corporations, their role extends beyond the capacities of any one national system to effectively regulate their operations. The issues are stake are global, and so should be the response. "

I acknowledged that the move towards establishing a legally binding treaty should build upon the gains achieved in the discussions and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These are complementary efforts to get transnational corporations to respect human rights and for States to enhance their capacities to provide remedies when human rights are infringed. For indigenous peoples who experience the worst kinds of human rights violations and impunity through the operations of transnational corporations and other business enterprises, it is to their interest to fight for stronger instruments which will address these.

In closing, I would like to state that indigenous peoples are not only suffering from problems brought about by the daily violations of their basic individual and collective human rights. They also are contributing and even can contribute more significantly to the problems which the world is facing. There are now more evidences coming up in terms of the direct links of respecting human rights of indigenous peoples and the increased chances of mitigating climate change, for example. The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) did a research to look into how countries which respect human rights of indigenous peoples to own and manage their own forests are able to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions. The results show that in some countries where indigenous peoples' rights to their traditional territories are respected, the forests in these territories are able to sequester more carbon dioxide than in forests under the control of governments such as national protected areas. Data in Brazil show that in areas where indigenous lands are protected their forests sequester carbon 11 times more than government protected forests. The same is the case in Mexico (6 times) Guatemala (35 times) , among others.

I spoke at the International Scientific Conference on "Our Common Future under Climate Change" (CFCC 15) in a panel on "Indigenous and non-indigenous science in collaboration for our Common Future". This is organized by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and it was held in Paris a week ago in preparation for the 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. There were more than 2,000 scientists in this event. The presentations in this panel affirmed that indigenous peoples' knowledge systems do contribute to solving climate change mitigation and enhancing capacities for adaptation.

My main message for today is that indigenous peoples capacities to contribute in solving some of the world's problems can be further enhanced if their collective and individual human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled by States. The effective implementation of the WCIP Outcome Document will contribute in enhancing these capacities and it is important to monitor how these commitments are being implemented. I look forward to seeing national action plans developed and implemented and also to see a system-wide action plan released by the UN system. Thank you for inviting me to speak and I look forward to more discussions of this kind.
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NOTES

[1] Paragraph 20. "We recognize commitments made by States, with regard to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to consult and cooperate in good faith with indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources".

Paragraph 21. "We also recognize commitment made by State, with regard to the Declaratio, to establish at the national level, in conjunction with the indigenous peoples concerned, fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent processes to acknowledge, advance and adjudicate the rights of indigenous peoples pertaining to lands, territories and resources."

Paragraph 22. "We recognize traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous peoples and local communities make an important contribution to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity..."

Paragraph 23. "We intend to work with indigenous peoples to address the impact or potential impact on them of major development projects, including those involving activities of extractive industries, including with the aim of managing risks appropriately."

[Australia] Why Shorten is daring Abbott to a climate change election

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:05
By Tristan Edis, Climate Spectator, 24 July 2015 Labor leader Bill Shorten has decided to dare Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remount an election campaign over climate change policy and electricity bills in a speech delivered today to the Labor Party National Conference. In the speech Shorten makes it clear Labor is committed to the re-introduction of an emissions trading scheme. In a clear rebuff to the recent ‘carbon tax returns from the dead’ front page stories in the Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph, he states: “We will not be intimidated by ridiculous scare campaigns”. He notes that if Abbott does seek to mount such a campaign, "I've got a three-word slogan for him: Bring it on." In some of his strongest rhetoric surrounding the issue of climate change, Shorten also states: “Climate change is an economic and environmental cancer. It demands early intervention. This isn’t a question of Australia leading the world -- it’s a matter of keeping up.”

[USA] FBI: Former Telemarketing Manager Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charges

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:04
7th Space, 23 July 2015 United States Attorney A Lee Bentley, III announces that Tammie Lynn Cline (33, Leominster, MA) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud for her role in the operation of a boiler room. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing has been set for October 9, 2015. Cline and Mark Gardner (28, Osteen, Florida) were indicted on January 28, 2015. According to court documents, Gardner and Cline operated a boiler room in Central Florida. Along with the telemarketers who worked at their call center, they would make unsolicited calls to owners of timeshare properties located throughout the United States. During those calls, they claimed that they worked for Universal Timeshare Sales Associates (UTSA) out of Beaverton, Oregon, that UTSA had a purchaser who was interested in buying a timeshare, and that the timeshare owner just needed to pay a fee between $1,600 and $2,200 for the sale to proceed.

[Indonesia] Regional haze and questionable efforts to save the forests

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 11:02
By Simon Pollock, The Jakarta Post, 24 July 2015 In March this year, Vice President Jusuf Kalla issued a broadside against other ASEAN countries’ complaints about the haze. “For 11 months, they enjoyed nice air from Indonesia and they never thanked us,” Indonesian press quoted him as saying. “They have suffered because of the haze for one month and they get upset.” ... [G]aining a true appraisal of the extent of illegal logging is always going to be problematic as these activities are clandestine. What is less contested is that a central part of the solution must involve finding profitable ways to keep trees in the ground. While there have been few indications of new REDD+ funding offers recently, major countries may choose to make strategic announcements around the seminal Paris climate change meeting starting from November.

Offsetters Completes Acquisition of Forest Finance Service GmbH Assets

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:55
Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc. press release, 22 July 2015 Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc. ("OCS" or the "Company") (tsx venture:COO) is pleased to report that it has completed the previously announced acquisition (the "Acquisition") of certain assets of Forest Finance Service GmbH of Germany ("Forest Finance") as detailed in the press release dated June 23, 2015. The Acquisition received final TSX Venture Exchange approval July 6, 2015 and all customary closing documents were completed July 21, 2015.

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