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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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Kyoto by the Numbers

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently released its "GHG Data 2006" report on emissions in industrialized countries. The Ecosystem Marketplace breaks down the numbers to find out what the Kyoto Protocol has accomplished so far.

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EM Podcast: Making Biodiversity Offsets Work

The Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) has published an exhaustive library of resources four years in the making and designed to support progress in the fight to save biodiversity by embedding its value in our economic system. EM Audio speaks with BBOP Director Kerry ten Kate.

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Carbon Sinks and Emissions Trading: Room for Optimism?

On May 11, 2005, in Cologne, Germany, the Ecosystem Marketplace, in conjunction with its various partners, held the second in a series of "Katoomba Dialogues" on markets for ecosystem services. The dialogue, entitled "That Sinking Feeling; Carbon Sinks and Emissions Trading," highlighted the arguments both for and against the inclusion of forestry-related carbon sinks in emissions trading schemes. A number of interesting issues were raised during the discussion and the lively conversation ended, for the most part, on an optimistic note. Below is an edited transcript of the dialogue. The Ecosystem Marketplace will be holding more dialogues in the months and years to come; always around a contentious or controversial issue surrounding markets for ecosystem services.

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Carbon Funds: In the Driver's Seat

The World Bank says that carbon funds are the leading providers of liquidity for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) offset projects around the world—but what exactly is a carbon fund, and how are they evolving? The Ecosystem Marketplace examines the issues.

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Bonn Talks Close With Clarity on Land Use

The Bonn climate talks haven’t achieved the kind of progress that generates headlines, but they have come up with an extremely clear summary of all proposals related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) as well as movement towards a consensus on how to account for other land-use issues. Unfortunately, that consensus will probably not be achieved in time for the next commitment period.

Carbon Trading Passes Crash Test

The Ecosystem Marketplace reports from the Carbon Expo in Cologne Germany, where the recent crash in carbon prices is the talk of the town.

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European Carbon Funds: Building Momentum

As the European Emissions Trading System begins operation, companies are beginning to look at carbon funds as ways of meeting their regulatory responsibilities and managing risk. But as the Ecosystem Marketplace finds out, the public offerings are still thin and they are likely to be of little use until the second commitment period (2008-2012).

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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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Developed and Developing Countries Split on Accounting for “Ecosystem Carbon”

Bad farming and forestry accounts for nearly 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and UNEP says the bulk of this could be eliminated by 2030 if we just treat our peatlands, forests, and farms better. But the land-use debate is only now gaining traction in climate-change talks, where negotiators from the developed and developing world have split on how to account for it.

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Speaking for the Trees

Alongside the burgeoning compliance market in carbon reductions spawned by ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the voluntary market–made up of everyone from large corporations to interested individuals–continues to grow as efforts to combat climate change become increasingly well known. The Ecosystem Marketplace tracks the profusion of programs and companies reducing greenhouse gas emissions and selling carbon dioxide offsets on the voluntary market.

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eBay Shoppers and Subsistence Farmers Meet on Virtual Ground

The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) is a standout carbon project based on a mix of poverty alleviation and cutting edge technology. The Ecosystem Marketplace highlights TIST's efforts to make the world's carbon markets work for the rural poor and asks the curiously related question: Have eBay shoppers just stumbled across the sustainable development deal of a lifetime?

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Are Pollination Services Being Left Bee-Hind?

Beekeepers nationwide are discovering hundreds of thousands of empty hives, with no hint of where the bees have gone. The Ecosystem Marketplace investigates the phenomenon and the increasingly sophisticated understanding of pollination services.

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More Corporations Seek Solutions to Global Water Crisis

More and more corporations have come to realize that their economic survival relies on nature, and a growing number are investigating market-based tools for meeting the looming global water challenge. Many of these tools are on display at World Water Week, which runs through Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden.

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After the Storm: Lower Caps, More Transparency?

The April-May European carbon market crash appeared to have delivered a body blow to prices for European carbon emissions expiring this year and next, but a mid-May rally brought prices for 2006-2007 into line with those for 2008-2012. Participants, meanwhile, are demanding greater transparency and legal clarity. The Ecosystem Marketplace looks at the EU ETS in the aftermath of the recent volatility in prices.

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What makes energy Green? And can it be traded?

As oil prices rise, climate warnings pile-up, and fears over energy security mount, many are looking harder than ever at the future of renewable energy. But how can governments best encourage the use of "green" energy? The Ecosystem Marketplace takes a look at what is being done in this regard around the world, focusing specifically on tradable renewable energy credits; a market some believe will one day become a bustling — and possibly even global — environmental market.

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Voluntary Carbon Markets: A Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work

We are pleased to announce the release of Voluntary Carbon Markets: A Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work, by Ricardo Bayon and Amanda Hawn, Director and Editor, respectively, of the Ecosystem Marketplace, and Katherine Hamilton, the Ecosystem Marketplace's Carbon Projects Manager.

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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.