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The Guardian | 6 years 3 months ago

It's a timber company's dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus trees stretching across Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and China, engineered to grow 40% faster for use as paper, as pellets for power stations and as fuel for cars.

6 years 3 months ago

Through the REDD+ Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), have launched an online database of REDD+ investments. The voluntary REDD+ database (VRD) was launched with data...

CIFOR | 6 years 3 months ago

Countries need to ensure that their forest monitoring activities under REDD+ move beyond just measuring carbon emissions and changes in forest area – they should be integrated with monitoring of other forest values like biodiversity and rural social conditions, said experts on the sidelines of the...

TNRF | 6 years 3 months ago

A new report entitled, "Equitable Benefit Sharing: Exploring Experiences and Lessons for REDD+ in Tanzania" has just been published.  The report and an accompanying information summary were developed in collaboration with the nine NGOs that are implementing REDD+ pilot projects in Tanzania. 

IIED | 6 years 3 months ago

by Maryanne Grieg-Gran While REDD+ is aimed at reducing emissions from forests, its effectiveness will depend on how much the benefits trickle down to those living closest to the forest. These same rural households are also best placed to provide local evidence of what works and what doesn’t, to...

ForestCarbonAsia | 6 years 3 months ago

The Lao-European Union Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process will help Laos to reduce illegal deforestation and promote good forest governance, which will bolster poverty reduction and sustainable management of natural resources. Officials from relevant government...

ForestTalk | 6 years 3 months ago

Greenpeace is leaving the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). The organization released photos today with GPS tagged coordinates showing that logging roads have been built in Quebec’s Montagnes Blanches region that is managed by Resolute Forest Products and claims the roads are a violation of...

Ecosystem Marketplace | 6 years 3 months ago

The once-promising REDD text has passed from the scientific negotiating track to the long-term action track with key provisions unresolved after Norway vetoed a last-minute compromise that Papua New Guinea had brokered between Brazil and the United States. At issue is the amount of verification...

TRUST | 6 years 3 months ago

Forests must be fully valued for their contribution to economic growth and social progress, and included in the next set of global development goals, experts and officials told a forest conference on Sunday. Wu Hongbo, U.N. Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the inter-...

DECC | 6 years 3 months ago

Energy and Climate Secretary Edward Davey today outlined new innovative plans to tackle deforestation as part of the UK’s international climate change commitments. The Government has set out plans for working with the private sector and rainforest countries so that the timber and foodstuffs we buy...

RECOFTC | 6 years 3 months ago

We are witnessing a shift. Ever since 2007 when REDD+ first appeared on the table in Bali, forests have benefited from a profound image makeover. For five years now, forests have been the hero of the climate change discussions taking place everywhere from the gleaming convention halls of the UN...

ELDIS | 6 years 3 months ago

This report reviews the status of REDD+ implementation in Africa, identifying forest degradation as one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The research lists current projects in Africa to build a database of REDD initiatives and their status of implementation. The main issues...

Forest Carbon Asia | 6 years 3 months ago

November, 2012. Antonio G.M. La Vina, Leticia Labre, Lawrence Ang, and Alaya de Leon. Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development. 12 pages Summary This paper considers developments to date in the UNFCCC and in the REDD+ Partnership and provides analysis on possible future...

RECOFTC | 6 years 3 months ago

For those of us with hazy recollections of the middle of the last decade, it is easy to forget that when REDD+ was assigned to the mitigation stream under the UNFCCC, many commentators, including indigenous peoples, thought it should straddle both adaptation and mitigation[1].

The Jakarta Post | 6 years 3 months ago

On Oct. 22, the House of Representatives endorsed formation of the province of North Kalimantan and regencies of Pangandaran, South Coast Lampung, South Manokwari and Arfak Mountains. A study jointly conducted by researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE), the Massachusetts Institute of...

The Jakarta Post | 6 years 3 months ago

The concept of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) has been touted as one of the success stories of international negotiation on...

Eco Planet Bamboo | 6 years 3 months ago

EcoPlanet Bamboo’s Rio Kama and Rio Siquia plantations have received carbon validation through the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The validation was carried out by Rainforest Alliance and marks a major milestone as the VCS’ first registered large-scale bamboo project. Our plantations received...

Phnom Pen Post | 6 years 3 months ago

The world’s most precious trees are being rapidly logged into extinction in countries such as Cambodia and served up to Chinese consumers as “staggeringly” expensive ornate furniture with the complicity of Beijing, a comprehensive investigation into the trade has found.

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