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Mexico Becomes First Developing Country To Post Climate Action Plan

Mexico on Friday became the first developing country to upload its proposed national climate action plan, known as its “Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution” (INDC) to the United Nations web site. The draft proposal foresees emissions peaking by 2026, and it comes on the heels of Norway’s submission on Thursday. The United States is expected to submit…

WRI Launches New Tool For Tracking And Comparing National Climate Plans

The end of March brings with it the the first deadline for nations to submit their national climate action plans — or “Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions” to the United Nations — but so far, only Switzerland and the European Union have submitted their plans. As with taxes, there’s a lot of procrastinating and an automatic extension — as…

Commodity Roundtables: Green Gatekeepers Or Dirty Doormen?

It’s been a decade since the first commodity roundtables brought producers of soy, palm, and other crops together with environmental organizations. The results have been less than stellar, but the Roundtable for Responsible Soy recently disciplined 100 members for failure to comply with paperwork requirements. Critics say that’s a nice beginning, but we still have…

Bioenergy Can Support Climate, Food, Land Restoration – If It’s Done Right

Governments have long promoted the use of biofuels like ethanol derived from corn as a relatively clean-burning alternative to coal, but biofuels have gone from hero to zero as people started chopping forests to plant fuel crops. Many environmentalists today are calling for an end to pro-biofuel policies, but Emily McGlynn of The Earth Partners…

EU Leaves Land-Use Off Its New INDC

9 March 2015 | The European Union (EU) on Friday submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and land use was not part of it. “The INDC was altered from a draft version that included land use in the 2030 goal – a move criticised by green groups…

Coalition Of 600 To CIMI: Stop Telling Lies!

The Amazon Working Group, a grassroots network of 600 associations representing smallholder farms, fishermen, rubber-tappers, and indigenous people, on Friday became the latest association of forest people to condemn Brazil’s powerful Indigenous Missionary Council. Many indigenous leaders say the once-revered institution now fosters dependency rather than allegiance, and does so by fomenting division among those…

California Moves With Chinese Provinces On Climate

The United States and China made headlines last year with their Climate Pact, but significant collaboration had already occurred at the subnational levels. Both California and several of China’s provinces launched emissions trading systems (ETS) in 2013, and they have been working together ever since. Now, a new report highlights the latest accomplishments and partnerships.…

Surui Outline Management of Carbon Funds for Community Projects

One year after money began flowing from the Surui Forest Carbon Project, the association that administers the project says funds have been used to support 20 different activities in support of climate and community goals, from fish farms to marketing of locally-produced handicrafts. 25 February 2015 | The Metareilá Association, which is the community organization…

Study Sees $1.6 Billion For Blue Carbon In Louisiana Wetlands

As Louisiana’s wetlands and mangroves retreat, the low-lying state becomes more and more susceptible to hurricanes and other coastal disruptions. Fortunately, mangrove forests also pull massive amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in the ocean floor. A new study says that carbon finance could provide up to $1.6 billion for wetland…

Industrialized Countries To Start Unveiling Climate-Change Strategies This Week

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On Wednesday, the European Union will unveil its post-2020 climate-change strategy, kicking off a 40-day period during which most industrialized nations are expected to upload their strategies to the United Nations web site. By the end of June, every country in the world should have offered its own Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution to the climate challenge,…

Venturing Into Uncharted Territory: Applying Net Positive Impacts For Biodiversity In Forestry And Agriculture

For many land-use sectors, the mitigation hierarchy is an effective way to manage the possible loss of biodiversity that comes with development. However, it isn’t used in several significant sectors like agriculture and forestry. That may be changing as new research finds that using the hierarchy can lead to net positive impacts for biodiversity within…

REDD Is In The New Climate Text, But Will It Be An INDC?

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The negotiating text that emerged from climate talks in Geneva includes six options for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) – or, pretty much every option currently floating around the halls. But as countries prepare their Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions (INDCs), it’s not clear that REDD will be recognized as such. 17 February 2015 |…

Stand For Trees: Forest Carbon For The Masses?

High-profile corporates like Disney and Microsoft have traditionally been among the leading buyers of carbon offsets that save endangered rainforest, but a new initiative is betting that these offsets – with their unique, compelling stories – will resonate with individuals as well. 10 February 2015 | Forest carbon has always been a touchy-feely way to…

Forest Trends Wins MacArthur Prize

Ecosystem Marketplace publisher Forest Trends will receive a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions – a prize the Washington Post likens to the “Genius Awards” that the MacArthur Foundation grants to individuals who show high promise. The recipients were announced on Thursday, and Forest Trends will use the money to expand its work…

Indonesia Disbanded Its REDD+ Agency. That Might Not Be So Bad.

Last week, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo disbanded the country’s independent REDD+ Agency as part of his effort to better coordinate activities related to forestry and the environment. While some worried this could undermine the country’s efforts to save its forests and slow climate change, Pungky Widiaryanto of the State Ministry of National Development Planning says the…

Indigenous Leaders Call Foul On Revered Catholic Organization

The Paiter-Surui Metareilá Indigenous Association's response to Porantim's broadside on their efforts to combat deforestation.

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…