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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 enforcing laws prohibiting trade in illegal wood are indeed taking action, and wood products from China carry a high risk of illegality.

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    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...

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    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...

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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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    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...

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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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    To Avert A Chocolate Shortage, Ghana Bets On Jurisdictional REDD+

    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    Carbon Markets Seen Expanding Post-Paris, But Prices Must Rise To Reduce Emissions

    After ten days of mid-year climate talks in the former German capital of Bonn, carbon market participants have migrated up the Rhine to Cologne for the annual Carbon Expo, where the theme is ...Read More...

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    In Cuyamaca, Carbon Finance Gives A Forest Life After Catastrophe

    When the smoke cleared in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park after the 2003 Cedar Fire, almost every tree across 25,000 acres had been killed. Park managers waited a few years but saw no regrowth, so ...Read More...

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    Time For Retailers To Turn Attention To Deforestation Risk In Cattle Products

    Cattle's mobility makes it difficult to trace and helps explain why the Global Canopy Programme's rating system, Forest 500, found that retailers are far more active in scrubbing deforestation ...Read More...

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    When Putting A Price On Carbon, What We Don’t Know Could Kill Us

    Nearly every economist agrees that we can best slash greenhouse-gas emissions by charging emitters for the damage they create – but how do we know what to charge? Scientists currently estimate ...Read More...

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    The Next Challenge: How To Make The Paris Agreement Work

    Post-Paris climate negotiations are focusing on turning national climate plans into on-the-ground climate action, says Gus Silva-Chavez, a program manager at Forest Trends, Ecosystem ...Read More...

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    Message To Media In Bonn: Brace For Accelerated Change As Paris “Rule Book” Takes Shape

    The first major round of climate talks since the signing of the Paris Agreement have kicked off in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of developing the “rule book” that contains the nitty-gritty for ...Read More...

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    In Wake Of Paris Agreement, Ecosystems Take Rightful Place In Fight To End Climate Change

    Environmentalists have long said that humans must conserve the planet’s living ecosystems if they are to win the war on climate change, and the Paris Climate Agreement made that explicit. As the ...Read More...

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    Queen Of The Netherlands: Financial Inclusion Required To Help Smallholder Farmers Adapt To Climate Change

    Subsistence farmers are often among the world's most poor and they will need access to financial products if they are to adapt to climate change and the extreme drought, floods and storms it ...Read More...

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    Soy Sector Extends Moratorium On Amazon Soy. Now, Can They Expand It?

    Ten years ago, the soy sector stopped buying from farmers who chop the Amazon to plant soybeans, and the percentage of deforestation attributed to soy plunged from 30% to 1%. This week, they ...Read More...

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    As Corporates Embrace Certification To Save Forests, DC Panel Explores Realities Of Implementation

    Hundreds of companies from around the world have pledged to purge forest-killing activities from their supply chains, and most aim to deliver by embracing certification programs. At Wednesday’s ...Read More...

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    European Biomass Satellite To Support REDD+

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract to develop what it says is the most advanced satellite ever deployed for measuring the carbon content of tropical rainforests. Named, ...Read More...

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    Opinion Biodiversity Offsets As Corporate Responsibility: Opportunity Or Paradox?

    Biodiversity offsets has the potential to implement high quality conservation in the face of encroaching development. But, unless it's under attack, the concept remains almost unheard of among ...Read More...

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    Businesses Ratchet Up Climate Action With Ambitious New Targets

    This week, efforts to mobilize more emissions reductions in the corporate world claimed a victory as the Science Based Targets initiative announced over 150 companies are in different stages of ...Read More...

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    Why Indigenous People Should Care About California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

    The US state of California has slashed greenhouse-gas emissions while powering one of North America's strongest economies, largely by embracing a system of "cap-and-trade". As the state expands ...Read More...

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    Don’t Be The Last One To Hear About The Business Benefits Of Investing In Nature

    BSR, the Business for Social Responsibility organization, published a new report this week that, in pictures, words and numbers, demonstrates the business benefits of nature-based solutions. ...Read More...