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

Liberia has built a lasting peace by implementing land reforms that stifled the forces of conflict and paved the way for carbon finance to support sustainable agriculture. Now Colombia hopes to mimic that success with a peace plan of its own – one that harnesses the forest-protection provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement to overhaul its agriculture sector.

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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...


    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...


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

    A falsely balanced discourse between public opinion and climate science in the US has allowed decision-makers to take little action in addressing the very real dangers of climate change, says ...Read More...


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

    A growing number of leading businesses are thinking long-term about climate change and adopting comprehensive strategies for reducing their carbon footprints, says a new report from Ecosystem ...Read More...


    Debunked: Eight Myths About Carbon Offsetting

    A new report from Ecosystem Marketplace, published today, reveals companies are engaging in carbon markets as one part of larger emissions reduction strategies that include energy efficiency ...Read More...


    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...


    The Six Ways “Business” Sees Climate Change

    We can’t fix the climate mess without involving the private sector – but what is the private sector, and how does it think? It’s massive and diverse, says environmental economist Mark Trexler, ...Read More...


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


    Slow Strides In Building The Paris Agreement Rulebook

    Negotiators didn't make any major substantive decisions at the United Nations mid-year climate talks that wrapped up late last month, according to Forest Trends' Gustavo Silva-Chavez. In a recent ...Read More...


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

    Chefs across Latin America are leveraging cuisine as a vehicle for sustainable food production and forest protection. Here, Forest Trends' Will Tucker explores how this thinking influenced a chef ...Read More...


    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...


    Opinion: Why The UN Sustainable Development Goals Really Are A Very Big Deal

    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...


    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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    Cocoa is Ghana’s largest cash crop, but it faces an uncertain future as farmers burn through land and devour forests. The government hopes to fix that by using REDD+ finance to promote ...Read More...


    Indigenous Climate Adaptation Tool May Soon Go Mobile

    Brazil’s SOMAI Alerta Indígena platform helps indigenous territories plan for climate change, but so far it’s only been available in places with reliable internet. A new mobile app could spread ...Read More...


    Users Of Voluntary Offsets See More Sophisticated Carbon-Neutral Strategies In 2016

    Prices for voluntary carbon offsets plunged to a record low in 2015, according to Ecosystem Marketplace’s latest “State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets” report, but market participants see the ...Read More...

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    A Tale Of Burgers And Buns: Hundreds Of Companies Say They’re Reducing Deforestation, But Only 35% Offer Proof

    Nearly 400 commodity-based companies have promised to stop harvesting soy, beef, palm, and pulp and paper in ways that drive deforestation, but an analysis of companies tracked by the Forest ...Read More...

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    Opinion: Cutting Carbon And Costs

    The vast majority of economists advocate putting a price on carbon, and most people generally argue that a higher price will drive down emissions the fastest. But focusing on price first, instead ...Read More...

    Climate, Commodities, and Conflict

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    Emissions Reduced, Lives Saved: New Metrics For The New Normal

    In 2015, the United Nations forged the Paris Agreement and launched the Sustainable Development Goals – officially linking climate protection with poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation, ...Read More...


    Newly Released Findings Say Biodiversity Offset Markets Save Time And Money Without Skimping On Results

    In 2011, the UK enlisted Forest Trends to assess biodiversity offset markets in the US and Australia in order to determine how they might work in England. Earlier this year, the government ...Read More...


    Voluntary Carbon Markets Show Steady Growth As Paris Reframes Climate Action

    Ecosystem Marketplace's State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2016 report tracked a 10% increase over 2014. The report launched May 26 at Carbon Expo in Cologne, Germany and the findings ...Read More...

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    Bonn Paves The Way For Integration, Implementation And Action In Marrakesh

    Ambassadors from France and Morocco along with Christiana Figueres spoke to the press on the final day of the Bonn UN Climate Change Conference, expressing their views on what parties ...Read More...


    Closing The Gap Between Seeing And Doing For Corporate Supply Chains

    The rise in accessible data on such environmental issues as deforestation and water stress make it increasingly more difficult for corporate decision-makers to claim ignorance on the matters. But ...Read More...