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Forest Footprint aims to Reward Companies that Save Trees

The Carbon Disclosure Project has arguably reduced greenhouse gas emissions by creating an incentive for companies to examine and disclose their carbon footprints – an act that often leads them to realize how easy and economical reductions can be. Can the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project do the same for deforestation?

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The Five Keys to Constructing Successful Water-Quality Schemes

Scores of water quality trading schemes are up and running around the world, and the World Resources Institute has published a 16-page study designed to identify what works, what doesn’t, and why. Mindy Selman is the lead author, and Ecosystem Marketplace caught up with her in Washington.

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Carbon and Avoided Deforestation: The Road to Bali

Indonesia has the dubious distinction of being both a world-champion deforester and one of the countries most likely to suffer from climate change – all-in-all, a perfect location for December's Climate Change Conference in Bali, where a central question will be whether to grant emission reduction credits for saving existing forests. In this first of three stories, the Ecosystem Marketplace talks to advocates and opponents of using 'avoided deforestation' for offsetting carbon emissions.

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Water Tops Environmental Concerns Worldwide: Survey

A new survey released this week at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, shows that water pollution and a shortage of fresh water top the list as the most important water-related issues worldwide.

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China Leads Developing World in CDM Rush

The World Bank says sales of CER projects have helped developing countries raise billions for clean development projects and offset the equivalent of 374 million tons of CO2 in the past year and a half, with Europe and Japan accounting for 90% of the buying. The Ecosystem Marketplace reviews the findings.

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REDD Hot in Bali – and Very Confusing

Most people attending the Climate Change Conference in Bali agree: avoided deforestation, often referred to as REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), will play a role in whatever regime replaces the Kyoto Protocol once it expires in 2012. But as the Ecosystem Marketplace finds out, the devil – and debate – is in the details.

Bali Negotiations Enter Final Phase

The first round of negotiations has ended here in Bali, and with civil servants hitting the beaches and ministers taking their place at the negotiating table, a clear line of scrimmage has emerged in the form of a draft text released on Saturday.

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Follow Katoomba XVII Online

The 17th Katoomba Meeting will take place in Hanoi on June 22-23, bringing together policy-makers, farmers, financiers, and others whose lives and livelihoods depend on preserving the region’s living ecosystems.  Building on the success of our previous meetings (most recently in Accra and Palo Alto), we’ll be using the internet to make this a truly global exchange of idea. We’d like to invite your participation.

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Japan Carbon Finance

As the host country of the Kyoto Protocol, Japan celebrated the treaty's entry into force with considerable fanfare. In the early months of trading, however, Japanese businesses have been noticeably absent in the world of carbon finance. The Ecosystem Marketplace asks why Japan's private sector has been slow to invest and considers whether the early efforts of the country's first carbon fund might soon shake things up a bit.

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EM Scientific Insights – Issue 2

The Ecosystem Marketplace is happy to announce the second in an ongoing series of reports about the science of ecosystem services. Interested in hearing what the scientists have to say? Watch this space for our regular update on what you should know about the latest reported findings in journals around the world.

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EM Cheat Sheet: The Biochar Debate

Land-use practices – including forestry and agriculture – are responsible for nearly 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is why accounting for land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) is a key point of contention in climate-change talks leading up to December’s Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ecosystem Marketplace summarizes the latest findings.

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Are Forests Like a Bag of Beans?

A last-minute decision to put Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) on the roadmap for future climate change talks opens the door to innovative financing schemes to reduce deforestation. Such schemes have long been advocated by investment banks and traders – who are expected to play an ever larger role in framing future climate change mitigation mechanisms. The Ecosystem Marketplace takes a closer look. (First of two parts)

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Voluntary Carbon Market Doubles in Size

Volume on the world’s voluntary carbon markets surged from 65 million tonnes in 2007 to 123 million tonnes in 2008, according to the most recent State of the Voluntary Carbon Market. The real news, however, isn’t the numbers – but the drivers. Ecosystem Marketplace asked market participants what the report means for them – and for the environment at large.

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Getting Paid to Keep Trees Standing

On the surface, the upcoming meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seems like an ocean of acronyms. The Ecosystem Marketplace finds out why this particular book might prove more interesting than its cover would suggest.

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Blog Update: New REDD Text Thursday!

With just four weeks of negotiating time scheduled before the year-end Climate Conference in Copenhagen, negotiators are scrambling to trim the 300-page negotiating text for a post-Kyoto accord down to a more manageable 80. Tony La Vina, who is overseeing the portion of negotiations dealing with reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), has taken matters into his own hands.

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Conservation and Biodiversity Banking

We are pleased to announce the release of Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: a Guide to Setting up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading Systems. Conservation and Biodiversity Banking is the first comprehensive book on species mitigation banking. It provides practical guidance, tools, case studies, analysis, and insights into endangered species banking in the United States and abroad, and serves a handbook for a broad audience including private landowners, complying industries, regulating agencies, policy makers, bank developers, and interested general public.

Fitting Payments for Ecosystem Services into the Legal Framework

Financiers, scientists, farmers, and policymakers from around the world are meeting at the 17th Katoomba Meeting next week in Hanoi to hash out ways of bringing the value of nature’s services into our economy.  Unfortunately, even as interest in payments for ecosystem services (PES) grows, laws are not evolving to accommodate them.  Ecosystem Marketplace examines the challenge of implementing PES schemes in Southeast Asia.

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Environmentalists, Financiers Commemorate Decade of Forest Trends

Former US Vice President Al Gore and a diverse group of conservationists, indigenous people, financiers, policy-makers, and civil servants met in Washington, DC, at the end of April to commemorate the first decade of Forest Trends, which was launched in 1999 to help preserve the world’s ecosystems by fostering an understanding of nature’s true value to our global economy.

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Watershed markets get a dose of myth-busting science

From Mexico to Malaysia, payments for watershed service schemes are at a critical juncture right now as watershed managers work to transform them from publicly funded pilot programs into privately funded markets. Will watershed markets be able to make this all-important leap? The Ecosystem Marketplace looks at this question and highlights the importance of getting the science right when it comes to markets for watershed services.

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Carbon Volume up, but Reform Needed to Ensure Enviro Benefits: World Bank

Anyone looking to earn carbon credits by funding clean development projects has to prove that the carbon income made the project possible. This is “addititionality” in a nutshell, and it's a cornerstone of carbon finance. The World Bank's State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2009, however, says that existing tools for proving additionality are clunky and counterproductive.

First CCB Standard Projects Approved

First Two Projects Approved using 'CCB Standards' Demonstrate Holistic Approach
Towards Benefiting Global Climate, Local Communities and Biodiversity

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Bringing Kyoto Back to Reality

The Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently concluded in Montreal, Canada. The Ecosystem Marketplace asks Mira Inbar of Forest Trends what changes the meeting held for developing country communities interested in the land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector of the carbon market.

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Environmentalists Clash Over Carbon Offsets

A spate of articles in the media recently focused on quality concerns in the voluntary carbon market. The Ecosystem Marketplace surveys the issues involved in the debate over voluntary carbon offsets

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Bonn ‘Informals’ Dedicate New REDD+ Subgroup

Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and sloppy agriculture accounts for another 18%. Improving land-use practices could thus be one of the quickest and easiest ways to slow global warming – if the world can agree on ways of measuring and paying for these improvements. That’s a central theme of informal talks this week in Bonn, Germany.