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[Colombia] The Forest, The Farms, And The Finance: Why The Tolo River People Turned To Carbon Finance
By Tanya Dimitrova, Ecosystem Marketplace, 25 August 2014 | Vergara is at the forefront of deforestation in this region, in part because land is so cheap here, and cattle ranching is so lucrative. That disparity left the forest at a disadvantage: living trees delivered no income, while cleared land did, and the desire that the Tolo River people had to save the forest was outweighed by their need to feed their families. To balance that disparity, they turned to REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), which would make it possible for them to earn money by saving trees. The amount of money would depend in part on the amount of carbon stored in the trees they saved and in part on demand for carbon offsets. The advantages of REDD are clear: it conserves tropical forests and unique natural biodiversity; it reduces our global impact on climate; and it fosters sustainable rural community development.
By Bruce Smith, AP, 24 August 2014 | A black water swamp in South Carolina owned by the Audubon Society is helping companies in California meet their carbon emission goals to ease global warming. About 5,200 acres of the 17,000-acre Francis Beidler Forest, Audubon Center and Sanctuary near Harleyville have been registered with California’s cap and trade program as carbon offsets in a program that also brings dollars to preserve the South Carolina landscape. In cap and trade, the government issues permits allowing companies to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases but giving them flexibility how they comply. They can trade emissions permits with each other and, in California, can purchase credits to offset as much as 8 percent of their emissions.
By Chriss W. Street, breitbart.com, 23 August 2014 | California environmentalists were giddy after the market for pollution credits traded up in price to a new high on record volume. But rather than a sign of greater enthusiasm to fight CO2, the California legislature quietly passed in 2012 a law that allows private utilities to pay the state for credits at any price, slap on a very nice profit, and then make their public customers foot the bill. Following the announcement that California’s Air Resources Board auction on August 16th was a blow out sale of 9.56 million CO2 permits at $11.10 per unit, Bloomberg reported that California pollution credits for 2016 traded up on a record volume of 1.83 million units to $12.50 a unit. The previous high was 960,000 units traded on May 21st.
Eastbourne Herald, 22 August 2014 | A crooked gem dealer who conned elderly investors into buying over-priced diamonds with their life savings as part of a £1m fraud is facing jail. John Bishop, 32, cold-called scores of victims from his sales office in Marbella to promise sky high returns on their money. The year-long scam was masterminded by Bishop’s friend Adam Simmons, 28, and was based at the No.1 Gems firm in Hove. One of their victims was a retired police officer who spent £140,000 on coloured stones worth little more than £10,000. Simmons was jailed in September last year along with his father Michael, brother-in-law Adam Leach and colleague Lee Miller. Bishop was not arrested until October after returning to the UK from Spain.
By Lynn Davis, Phys.org, 22 August 2014 | Trees take in and store a lot of carbon dioxide, or CO2, a greenhouse gas. Being able to measure forestry and agricultural intake and emissions of CO2 is critical to developing a strategy for addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gases. A team of 38 scientists, including a Virginia Tech researcher, has developed science-based methods for measuring fluxes in greenhouse gases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on July 31. The standardized methods can be used to quantify changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage following a change in land or forest management, such as adoption of a new practice or technology.
Xinhua News Agency, 22 August 2014 | The Lao government has received a 3.6 million U.S. dollar grant to strengthen forest protection and management, according to a World Bank press release Friday. The grant agreement was signed by the Lao government and the World Bank while the 3.6 million U.S. dollar grant was provided by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The grant will support the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 's Department of Forestry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and other stakeholders who support sustainable forest management. Since the FCPF Participants Committee approved Laos' Readiness Preparation Proposal in 2010 the government has been working on institutional framework for implementing Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) activities.
UNEP press release, 22 August 2014 | While significant efforts are underway to better understand the role that forests play in climate change, the field of study remains relatively new. This is especially true when considering the complex policy, governance and technical requirements associated with managing climate change mitigation services provided by forests. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation while promoting conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancing forest carbon stocks (REDD+) provides an international framework for action. In this context, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN-REDD Programme together with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies have developed a pedagogical guide for REDD+ aimed at university professors and graduate students. The guide may also be useful to a broader audience interested in building capacity, knowledge and awareness on REDD+ and related issues.
By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee, 21 August 2014 | Industrial companies and other businesses paid a combined $331.8 million for carbon credits in California’s latest cap-and-trade auction, state officials said Thursday. Environmentalists said the results of the latest quarterly auction were positive in light of recent controversy surrounding the market. Oil refiners, some legislators and others want the state to postpone the scheduled Jan. 1 expansion of the program to include emissions from motor vehicles for the first time, which is expected to inflate gasoline pump prices. In the auction, which was held Monday, companies paid $11.50 a ton for carbon credits that can be used this year, according to the California Air Resources Board. All 22.5 million available credits sold out. Bidders paid $11.34 a ton for carbon credits to be used in 2017; about two-thirds of the 9.3 million available credits were purchased.
By Ed King, RTCC, 21 August 2014 | The UN and World Bank are the big winners from an international programme to combat deforestation, a report commissioned by Norway’s government has found. It warned that the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme, which channels millions of dollars to forest protection, is inefficient and overly bureaucratic. Norway set aside US$3.3 billion for forest protection efforts between 2008 and 2013, but so far only $1.7 billion of that pot has been used. “There is a danger that the growing perception that the main beneficiaries of REDD+ will be the multilateral institutions and large civil society organisations involved in processes will be found to be true,” the report, compiled by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) said.
The Japan Times, 19 August 2014 | The city of Kitakyushu is exploring a project to supply drinking water in Cambodia. Japan’s Environment Ministry plans to conduct a feasibility study with a focus on the project’s potential to confer greenhouse-gas credits on Japan. The public and private sectors in Kitakyushu have been cooperating as they seek to build a presence in the water business overseas. The ministry is looking for new ways to use the Joint Crediting Mechanism, which allows Japan to count as its own any carbon dioxide emission reductions emerging economies achieve with Japanese technologies.
Forests Policy & Practice (IISD), August 2014 | The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting good practices on the collection of forest governance data. Titled 'Assessing Forest Governance: A Practical Guide to Data Collection, Analysis and Use,' the report addresses issues such as formal laws and policies, customary uses, and land tenure. Overall, the report identifies a number of requirements for effective forest governance assessments including: the need for good planning, transparency and stakeholder engagement, and technically sound data collection methods. The publication also stresses the importance of disseminating the results from assessments and learning from experiences in order to facilitate adaptive management.
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mongabay.com, 19 August 2014 | Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). But how effective have those funds been in actually protecting forests? A new assessment by the country's Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) concludes that the program is indeed having an impact despite an inauspicious start... But while the dollars committed were substantial, there have been open questions about the effectiveness of various programs, especially in sectors and countries rife with poor governance and corruption. For example, deforestation in Indonesia has remained stubbornly high — even increasing by some measures — despite Norway's money.
environmentalresearchweb, 19 August 2014 | Nearly one fifth of our greenhouse-gas emissions result from damage to trees – deforestation, forest degradation and fires. These forest-related emissions are greater than global transportation emissions and second only to energy-sector emissions. So what is the most effective way of reducing them? A new study addresses this question by assessing the interventions proposed by countries participating in the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation+) scheme. REDD+ follows on from the United Nations REDD programme, which finished in 2013. The aim of REDD+ is to go beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and to include conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks, and sustainable management of forests. The situation, and hence the solutions, are different for every country.
By Forest Trends, Huffington Post, 18 August 2014 | Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working. For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical to controlling and eventually diminishing carbon emissions in the atmosphere – and now a new study shows that this is true. The report, called "Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change" and released jointly by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) in July, "makes a strong case for strengthening the rights of indigenous and local communities over their forests as a policy tool for mitigating climate change."
The Korea Herald, 18 August 2014 | South Korea is to make an interim check on its progress in preventing forest degradation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions ― and gauge its readiness for the new climate change system. The third annual REDD+ symposium will be held at the National Assembly Library on Thursday, under the management of the Korea Forest Service and the sponsorship of the parliamentary climate change forum, according to KFS officials. REDD+, which stands for “reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries plus,” is a KFS initiative affiliated with the United Nations-led REDD campaign. The project is expected to promote South Korea’s leading status in forestation in global society and also bring economic benefits such as carbon emissions cost reduction.
In order for smallholder forest plantations in Ghana to be successful, incentives for managing secondary forests are needed, as well as an increased knowledge in marketing constraints, pests and disease management, the role of trees and a better definition of ownership of trees on farms. These were some of the conclusions withdrawn from the discussions during the inception workshop of the Landscape Restoration Project, organized by Tropenbos International on August 5, 2014 in Kumasi, Ghana.