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New Investment Model Uses Water Markets And Impact Investors To Restore Nature

When the myriad players in a single watershed start jockeying for water rights, nature is often left out resulting in degraded ecosystems and species decline. But The Nature Conservancy says innovative impact investing in water markets can shift water back to the environment while still delivering benefits to farms and people.

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    The Missing Link In Protecting Forests? The Private Sector

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    Colombia’s State-Sanctioned Voluntary Carbon Market To Begin Trading On Thursday

    Nature-rich Colombia aims to accelerate its efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by encouraging the use of voluntary carbon markets to save endangered forests. Tomorrow, the country’s ...Read More...

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    Why Do Carbon Prices Vary By Project Type?

    Ecosystem Marketplace research consistently shows wide price variance across projects and project types, and for reasons that often seem elusive. Claire Willers of the Gold Standard attributes ...Read More...

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    China Prohibits Office Furniture Made From Precious Woods For Central Government Offices

    Intending to help reduce excessive government spending during the current economic downturn, China issued a new policy that essentially regulates the use of high-value timber in the public ...Read More...

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    Even Before The Paris Agreement Takes Effect, Hundreds Of Corporates Are Voluntarily Offsetting Emissions

    The Paris Climate Agreement won’t take effect until next year at the earliest, but thousands of companies are already restructuring their businesses to reduce emissions, while hundreds of them ...Read More...

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    Carbon Markets See Positive Signal In New US Climate Guidance, But No Game Change

    Earlier this week, the US Executive Office issued final guidance instructing all federal agencies to fully consider global warming and its impacts when making decisions and implementing ...Read More...

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    New School Will Teach The Ways Of The Water Fund In Ecuador

    Nature and Culture International is establishing Ecuador's first water school, an institution created to train municipal water workers in the skills required to join and administer a water fund. ...Read More...

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    How The Paris Climate Agreement Can Drive Colombia’s Fledgling Peace – And Keep Liberia’s Peace Alive

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    Peru’s New President Gets Arsenal Of New Environmental Tools

    Peru has long been among the more innovative countries in dealing with the consequences of climate change, and last week policymakers there approved critical tools that can open the door for ...Read More...

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    Water Quality Trading: What Works? What Doesn’t? And Why Don’t We Know This Already?

    Water utilities and NGOs around the world are using market-based mechanisms to clean regional waterbodies and restore surrounding watersheds, but critics say the programs are unproven. Proponents ...Read More...

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    Between Skeptic And Denier: Has The Media Contributed To Public Skepticism On Climate Change?

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    New Report Finds Companies Are Pricing Carbon And Offsetting Emissions In Creative Ways

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    Brazil’s Police And Indigenous Groups Fight True Crime In The Amazon Together

    A newly-formalized collaborative effort between Brazil's law enforcement agencies and forest communities has ambitious plans to unravel an entire criminal enterprise operating in western Pará. ...Read More...

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    The Six Ways “Business” Sees Climate Change

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    Mark Your Calendar: Tuesday Webinar Explores Corporate Progress On Deforestation Pledges

    Hundreds of companies globally have pledged to stop chopping trees for the creation of their products, but how are they progressing and what lessons do they have for the rest of us? We explore ...Read More...

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    Climate, Conflict, And Commodities: The Calculus Of Peace On A Changing Planet

    More than half of all peace agreements fail within five years, often because they ignore the role of natural resources in driving conflict. Carbon finance can help end that cycle by promoting ...Read More...

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    Understanding Greenhouse Gas Emissions From International Flights

    From a carbon accounting perspective, most greenhouse gas emissions from international passenger flights don’t exist, because outside the European Economic Area they aren’t charged to any nation. ...Read More...

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    What Does Brexit Mean For Illegal Logging And The Global Timber Trade?

    In a new information brief, Forest Trends' Forest Policy, Trade and Finance program takes a close look at the implications of Britain's exit from the European Union on efforts to curb trade in ...Read More...

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    Peru’s Amarakaeri Indigenous People Win Conservation Prize To Ramp Up Sustainable Brazil Nut Harvesting

    All across Latin America, indigenous people are struggling to maintain their traditional way of life while also participating in the modern economy. In Peru, the Eca Amarakaeri indigenous ...Read More...

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    Colorado’s Home-Grown Voluntary Carbon Offset Program Now Gets Home-Grown Management

    Eight years after the state of Colorado launched a private/public voluntary carbon offset program that encourages low-emission driving, the Colorado-based Natural Capitalism Solutions is taking ...Read More...

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    What Role Can China Play In The Fight Against Illegal Logging As US, EU And Australia Step Up Enforcement Actions?

    China is a fairly big player in timber markets in the US, Europe and Australia but new Forest Trends research shows these markets may be looking for alternative suppliers as government agencies ...Read More...

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    Slow Strides In Building The Paris Agreement Rulebook

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    How A Single Tweet Brought A Panamanian Chef And Rainforest Communities Together

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    With New Norway-US Forest Cooperation, Support Grows To Save Forests By Offsetting Flights

    This week at the Oslo REDD Exchange, Norway and the US committed to deeper collaboration over slowing climate change by protecting and restoring forests. The agreement calls for increased ...Read More...

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    Carbon project developers have high hopes for the Sustainable Development Goals, which they hope will provide a clear benchmark for the non-carbon "co-benefits" that so many have worked so hard ...Read More...

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    Mark Your Calendar: Wednesday Voluntary Carbon Markets Webinar

    2015 was a paradoxical year for voluntary carbon offsets, with average prices reaching an all-time low of $3.30 per ton even as volume rose 10% and prices for new offsets more than doubled to ...Read More...

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