Monthly Archives: December 2014

Indigenous Leaders Call Foul On Revered Catholic Organization

Brazil’s Missionary Council for Indigenous Peoples (CIMI) has arguably done more than any other single organization to help indigenous people demarcate their lands, but many indigenous leaders say their onetime protector has become paternalistic and possessive. Last week, after CIMI attacked the Surui Forest Carbon Project, indigenous leaders took to Facebook – and launched a…

Food without Forests? Don’t Count On It

Deforestation has recently been the talk of the United Nations climate change negotiations because of its potential to release huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. But a recent study shows that even without this effect, clearing tropical forests will have important implications for temperature and rainfall – and how deforestation occurs (or doesn’t) matters a…

Avoided Deforestation Could Land On Green Climate Fund’s Fast Track

The Green Climate Fund gained momentum during the international climate negotiations here in Lima, Peru, surpassing the $10 billion mark and securing landmark financial commitments from both developed and developing countries. Now the race begins to assess and finance the first projects, including possibly REDD+, ahead of the Paris climate talks in December 2015. 12…

Indonesia Vows: We Will Be Ready For Results-Based REDD Payments By End Of 2016

While negotiators here in Lima enter their last two days of talks, Indonesia says it will be ready to begin receiving results-based payments for REDD+ by 2016. In a wide-ranging talk delivered late last night, the head of the country’s REDD+ Agency said it had not only finished its reference levels, but had implemented institutional…

EM REDD Roundtable

As climate talks hit the halfway point, negotiators have pushed further talk of safeguards back to June, 2015, in order to focus on creating a framework for Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions to halt climate change. We sat down with some of our trusted sources to find out where they felt REDD and INDCs stood. 7 December…

Christiana Figueres: Up Close And Personal On Carbon Markets

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres sees a key role for markets in verifying that the emissions reductions promised by countries in upcoming climate plans are actually achieved. The new bottom-up approach to the climate negotiations means that the era of carbon market experimentation underway in California, China, South Africa, and other places is likely to…

Indigenous People Call For Scaled Up REDD As Study Highlights Precarious State Of Territorial Forests

Most indigenous people have resisted the temptation to chop their forests for gain – leaving them short of development largesse, but also in the lurch when it comes to financing programs aimed at saving forests that are clearly in danger. Now a new peer-reviewed paper says more than half the land under indigenous protection is,…

Wednesday In Lima: Indigenous Organizations To Propose Use Of Life Plan Success As Benchmark For REDD+

Peruvian indigenous organization FENAMAD says it’s time to start using indigenous life plans as a benchmark of REDD+ success. On Wednesday, they will present their ideas at a side event in Lima. 1 December 2014 | Indigenous people across the Amazon have created “Life Plans” to dock their traditional economies and ways of life with…