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19 Feb 2014

Watch This! NGO Voices on Carbon Markets #8 (Special Edition)

Over the past years, Carbon Market Watch together with numerous dedicated organizations in India has worked to improve the social and environmental integrity of carbon market projects in India, and exposed weaknesses where they occurred. As the number of projects has increased, challenges faced by local communities to defend their rights to land, food, and shelter have increasingly been reported across India.

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10 Sep 2013

Recode – Short documentary on Forest Carbon

Synopsis   Recode takes a fresh look at forest carbon; exploring the initiatives currently being developed to reduce emissions with forest resources. While outlining the current market approaches to emission sequestration, Recode addresses some of the drivers of deforestation and various efforts aimed at its containment in developing countries. Recognising the socioeconomic challenges surrounding forests…

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9 Apr 2013

REDD

The world’s forests are threatened by an ever-expanding demand for commodities such as soy, timber, palm oil and beef. Every year 13 million hectares of forests are being lost worldwide due to illegal or unsustainable logging and the conversion of forests to agricultural land. Emissions from forest degradation and deforestation account for 18% of global…

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27 Mar 2013

Watch This! NGO Voices on Carbon Markets #5

Despite severely over-supplied carbon markets and lacking mitigation commitments, countries are currently developing additional carbon market schemes. At the same time, countries are contemplating what changes are needed to the underlying rules of the CDM. They are also negotiating REDD and other approaches to reduce emissions from international aviation. Throughout all these developments it is of utmost importance to take into account the lessons from the past. In order to achieve real benefits for climate and people, your voice on carbon markets will be important!

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27 Mar 2013

The right choice by the native peoples of Panama (Watch This! #5)

Native forests threatened by Barro Blanco hydrodam. Photo courtesy of Oscar Sogandares By Oscar G. Sogandares, Spokesperson Asociación Ambientalista de Chiriquí Last month, the Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Panama (COONAPIP) representing the seven indigenous peoples of Panama withdrew from the UN REDD Programme in Panama. In a letter to the UN, COONAPIP explains that…

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Carbon Market Watch News
4 Mar 2013

What finance for REDD+? (Newsletter #2)

Forests play a vital role in mitigating climate change and are crucial in the struggle for sustainable development. Not only do they have a fundamental role in the preservation of global ecological systems, they are especially important for supporting the lives and livelihoods of an estimated 1.6 billion forest dependent peoples. The ability of forest…

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21 Dec 2012

Forests and Agriculture in Carbon Market Landscapes (COP18 analysis)

Doha did not reach a deal on how to address forests and agriculture within the UNFCCC process. Carbon markets are expected to be a hot topic in the upcoming negotiations under the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) in 2013. Many observers and some countries, like Bolivia, are strongly opposed to including…

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20 Dec 2012

NGO Voices on carbon markets at COP18 (Watch This! #4)

See Watch This! #4, December 2012 Agricultural carbon markets – selling out food security? By Teresa Anderson, International Advocacy Co-ordinator for the Gaia Foundation At COP18 in Doha, carbon markets continued their inexorable spread into every arena of climate work, including agriculture.  With heavily politicised debates over emissions reductions, loopholes and carbon markets in almost…

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