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Ontario Inches Towards Carbon Pricing, Explores Ag And Forestry Offsets

The Canadian province of Ontario looks poised to follow the lead of other jurisdictions in Canada and in the United States by implementing a carbon pricing program, with provincial regulators asking for opinions on what type of program should be implemented. Also on the list is a possible role for the agriculture and forestry sectors, as regulators seek advice for their potential inclusion as carbon offsets.

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Stand For Trees: Forest Carbon For The Masses?

High-profile corporates like Disney and Microsoft have traditionally been among the leading buyers of carbon offsets that save endangered rainforest, but a new initiative is betting that these offsets – with their unique, compelling stories – will resonate with individuals as well.

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This Week In V-Carbon: One Step Forward, One Step…

After becoming the first indigenous people in the world to generate REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) offsets, the Paiter-Surui Amazonian tribe is now looking back on its experience. While the tribe agrees that the carbon project has been successful, there is less support for the mechanism to dispense finance. Read this and more below.

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This Week In Forest Carbon: Indigenous REDD Explored

Two steps forward: Green Assets’ South-Carolina based improved forest management project received its first forest carbon offset issuance for the California market, and Finite Carbon registered new compliance projects in New York and New Hampshire. Two steps back: The first national-level REDD+ Agency in Indonesia may be absorbed into a climate change mitigation directorate, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has appointed a “chainsaw queen and a climate change denier to top posts.

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This Week In V-Carbon: Yet Another 2014 Ranking

Ecosystem Marketplace readers don’t get to vote for the Oscar nominees that will be announced later this week, but you all had plenty to say about the most significant developments in the global carbon markets in 2014. Top picks included the US-China deal, California’s link to Quebec and more

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Building Carbon Markets From Soot

Smoke-induced illnesses caused by the use of traditional cookstoves kill more than 7,500 Nepalese women and children die every year a tragic fact the Nepalese government is trying to address by pursuing a goal of clean cooking for all by 2017. Here’s how a clean cookstoves program created by Dutch development organization SNV is contributing to that goal.

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Wetland Mitigation Banking Arrives In The Big Apple

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New York City decided to build up its resiliency devoting funds to green infrastructure projects and coastal restoration activities. One of these initiatives is the Saw Mill Creek Mitigation Bank, which, if all goes as planned, will become New York City’s first wetland bank. To celebrate World Wetlands Day, Ecosystem Marketplace lays out the potential worth of such a project.

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Forest Carbon in 2015: Market Experts Make Their New Year’s Predictions

Every New Year, we ask market experts to look into their crystal balls (or perhaps into their own work plans) and predict what’s in store for the forest carbon markets in the coming year. Select responses are published below in our Forest Carbon News Brief, alongside the top 10 stories of the past year, as voted by our readers.

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REDDX: Keeping Track Of Forest Carbon Finance In 2015

The coming year will be a pivotal one for climate finance, and especially for forests, as more than $7 billion is set to cumulatively flow to forest-protection efforts aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) before the year is over. Here’s what we know about past flows in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

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Women Key to Scaling Adoption Of Clean Cooking Solutions

As their primary consumers and users, women are ultimately the target customers of almost all cookstoves and fuels distributors. Less common, but no less important, is women’s inclusion throughout the clean cooking product supply chain. Here is how some enterprising organizations are engaging women from the bottom up.

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This Week In V-Carbon: One Step Forward, One Step…

After becoming the first indigenous people in the world to generate REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) offsets, the Paiter-Surui Amazonian tribe is now looking back on its experience. While the tribe agrees that the carbon project has been successful, there is less support for the mechanism to dispense finance. Read this and more below.

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The Environmental Mortgage: Connecting The Dots Between Microfinance And Ecosystem Services

While microfinance models have been hugely successful on a global scale in providing the means for people to escape extreme poverty, they aren’t often used to finance payments for ecosystem services projects that offer many poverty alleviating benefits. Despite it being risky and costly, both sectors see potential in working together on a larger scale.

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Indigenous People Explore Many Shades Of REDD

Indigenous people – and forest people in general – have long been among the planet’s most responsible stewards of the land. They’ve contributed the least to the global climate crisis, yet will suffer the most from its effects. REDD offers a way to rectify this injustice – and here’s how some indigenous leaders hope to make it work.

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This Week In V-Carbon: Yet Another 2014 Ranking

Ecosystem Marketplace readers don’t get to vote for the Oscar nominees that will be announced later this week, but you all had plenty to say about the most significant developments in the global carbon markets in 2014. Top picks included the US-China deal, California’s link to Quebec and more…

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Building Carbon Markets From Soot

Smoke-induced illnesses caused by the use of traditional cookstoves kill more than 7,500 Nepalese women and children die every year – a tragic fact the Nepalese government is trying to address by pursuing a goal of clean cooking for all by 2017. Here’s how a clean cookstoves program created by Dutch development organization SNV is contributing to that goal.

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REDDX: Keeping Track Of Forest Carbon Finance In 2015

The coming year will be a pivotal one for climate finance, and especially for forests, as more than $7 billion is set to cumulatively flow to forest-protection efforts aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) before the year is over. Here’s what we know about past flows in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

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2014: The Year In Voluntary Carbon

Major corporations such as Chevrolet and Disney supported voluntary carbon offset projects under new methodologies, some of which they helped develop. But 2014 is ending with a lack of clear policy signals on the international level, although national and subnational programs continue to move forward at an encouraging pace.

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2014: The Year in Forest Carbon

How to measure a year? You’ll have to wait for our data collection to conclude in the New Year to find out how many tonnes of forest-based emissions reductions were financed in 2014, but for now we’ll take stock of the year’s major developments, which ranged from the triumphant to the tragic.

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This Week In Forest Carbon: Lima Call For Action Undergoes Surgery

The Lima Call for Action set a procedure for countries to submit their contributions to fighting climate change, but the guidance on how to include land-use is thin so far. In other news, private investors have committed $365 million to restore 20 million hectares in Latin America and the Caribbean, a REDD+ pilot in Tanzania is stalling as it waits on a second phase of investment and an airplane laser-beamed an Alaskan forest to measure its carbon.

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This Week In V-Carbon: The Lima Call For Climate Action

The climate community went to Peru and left with the Lima Call for Climate Action, the Green Climate Fund finally found a fraction of its funding and carbon dioxide fades into obscurity like a childhood celebrity.

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2014: The Year In Voluntary Carbon

Major corporations such as Chevrolet and Disney supported voluntary carbon offset projects under new methodologies, some of which they helped develop. But 2014 is ending with a lack of clear policy signals on the international level, although national and subnational programs continue to move forward at an encouraging pace.

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This Week In V-Carbon: Your Guide To COP 20

The 20th meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is underway in Lima, Peru and Ecosystem Marketplace is on hand to cover it. This year, the process has been turned on its head as countries transitioned from trying to negotiate a top-down agreement to building a bottom-up framework based on “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions,” or INDCs.

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2014: The Year For Nature-Based Solutions?

29 December 2014 | In 2014, concepts like water stewardship and the water-energy-food nexus gained momentum. Combining that growth with the ramifications of weather extremes like the Rim Fire and the California drought that also happened in 2014 makes the year an eventful one for the water sector to say the least. Studies, initiatives and events aimed at improving global water health marked the past […]

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2014: The Year in Forest Carbon

How to measure a year? You’ll have to wait for our data collection to conclude in the New Year to find out how many tonnes of forest-based emissions reductions were financed in 2014, but for now we’ll take stock of the year’s major developments, which ranged from the triumphant to the tragic.

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This Week In Forest Carbon: Lima Call For Action Undergoes Surgery

The Lima Call for Action set a procedure for countries to submit their contributions to fighting climate change, but the guidance on how to include land-use is thin so far. In other news, private investors have committed $365 million to restore 20 million hectares in Latin America and the Caribbean, a REDD+ pilot in Tanzania is stalling as it waits on a second phase of investment and an airplane laser-beamed an Alaskan forest to measure its carbon.

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“Beyond Carbon” Benefits The Talk Of The Forest Carbon Markets

Though demand for forest carbon offsets grew 17% in 2013, market participants recognize the need to scale up faster in order to curb emissions from deforestation and land-use change. Attendees at Ecosystem Marketplace’s launch of the State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2014 at the World Bank last Friday discussed the policy developments that could guide growth and how the certification of co-benefits could shape demand

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VCS, CCB To Cooperate On Standards

In a nod to the rising attention paid to the community and biodiversity outcomes of carbon offset projects, the Verified Carbon Standard, the leading carbon standard on the voluntary carbon market, assumed the day-to-day management of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard today. Dozens of project developers already use the standards together, and the organizations aim to streamline the process.

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This Week In V-Carbon: China-US Climate Deal Sets Stage For COP 20

The recent deal between China and the US on cutting greenhouse gas emissions could send a strong signal to the upcoming UNFCCC conference that is meant to pave the way for a new international climate agreement. In other news, Ecosystem Marketplace launched a series exploring clean cookstove efforts funded by carbon finance.

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Forest, Ag Project Developers See Opportunity, Concern In California ODS Offset Invalidation

United States-based forest carbon project developers see potential for increased demand for their offsets as a direct result of California regulators’ decision to invalidate some ozone-depleting substances (ODS) offsets. But they also sympathize with their ODS counterparts over the way the regulators arrived at their decision to invalidate the offsets and expressed concern their projects could face similar scrutiny.

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Carbon Conservation: From Giant Pandas to Swiss Grocer

The giant panda featured in the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) logo gives the organization enduring brand recognition. But these animals are struggling to exist, with only 1,600 currently living in the wild in China, in increasingly smaller swathes of territory thanks to encroaching human activity.

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Despite Market Outcry, California Voids Some Carbon Offsets

California regulators are sticking to their guns by invalidating 88,955 offsets for ozone-depleting substances from one project despite public uproar from a diverse group of carbon market stakeholders. Offsets from another project set for invalidation dodged a bullet when the regulators determined the offsets were not generated during the period the destruction facility was allegedly out of compliance with its federal permit.

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Cookstove Distribution Soars; Carbon Finance Now Top Funding Source

The latest results from a global initiative to track the clean stove and fuels market found an all-time high of 14.3 million improved cookstoves distributed in 2013, a 75% jump from the previous year. And in good news for carbon developers pricing remains strong, with the overall price rising a modest 5% to $10.4 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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Carbon, Cookstoves, And Kids

Bringing clean cookstoves to Honduras, a country where more than half of rural households struggle with extreme poverty, was no easy task. Proyecto Mirador’s founders initially relied on the generosity of friends and family to build the cookstoves program, but tapped into the carbon markets to take it to the next level.

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This Week In Forest Carbon: Blue Carbon Floats To Attention

Over the last five years, coalitions such as The Blue Carbon Initiative, which aims to develop financial incentives and policy mechanisms for restoring and conserving blue carbon ecosystems, have emerged rapidly. The group released a manual for measuring blue carbon stocks last month and hopes that the guide will be used in emerging carbon methodologies, as well as IPCC accounting.

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Study Sees Sustainable Ag Driving Surge In Ecosystem Investing

More than 23 billion profit-seeking dollars flowed into ecosystem-friendly investments over the past five years, but less than $2 billion of that came from the private sector. Most of that $2 billion, however, went into sustainable food and fiber a sector that’s been growing at 26% a year and looks set to surge by at least $5.5 billion through 2018. In fact, $1.5 billion has already been raised, a new survey finds.

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China’s Grand Carbon Trading Experiment Experiences Highs And Lows

China’s pilot carbon trading markets will likely serve as the basis for a planned national emissions trading system that will become by far the largest in the world. But these experiments have experienced challenges, including ensuring that regulated companies actually comply with the regulations, and key lessons learned from their operation to date should be applied to ensure a national program successfully addresses China’s rising carbon problem.

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This Week In V-Carbon: The Lima Call For Climate Action

The climate community went to Peru and left with the Lima Call for Climate Action, the Green Climate Fund finally found a fraction of its funding and carbon dioxide fades into obscurity like a childhood celebrity.

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This Week In Forest Carbon: A Blast From The Past

Indonesia’s federal government has embarked on the most ambitious REDD program of any major forested nation, but it’s not easy to implement such a program in a land of a thousand islands spread across two million square kilometers. Ecosystem Marketplace’s fifth installment of the REDD in Indonesia series takes a look at the early days of REDD, back in 2007.

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California May Void Some Carbon Offsets After Investigation

The California Air Resources Board is moving to invalidate more than 230,000 ozone-depleting substances offsets generated at an Arkansas facility. Although the ARB invalidated a relatively small fraction of the 4.3 million ODS offsets being investigated, one of the project developers believes the regulators’ interpretation of the rules to be incorrect and will seek a reversal before a final decision is made.

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After The March, Time To Get Serious On Forest Carbon

The Peoples’ Climate March brought 400,000 people into the streets of New York City on September 21, calling for (among other climate-related demands) an end to tropical deforestation and protection for forest communities. More than 150 partners responded with the heavily funded NY Declaration on Forests, which aims to end deforestation by 2030 and restore 350 million hectares of forests and croplands.

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Amazon Leader Tashka Yawanaw¡ to Highlight Indigenous Issues At TED Talks

6 October 2014 | As a boy, Tashka Yawanaw¡ watched as the culture of his people was nearly wiped out by outsiders. Now, he is the chief of those people, the Yawanaw¡, of the Acre region of Brazil, and Tuesday he will be a speaker at one of the largest conferences in the world, TEDGlobal 2014. […]

Is There A Right Price For Carbon?

Corporations all around the globe are adopting a price on carbon for business planning purposes amid expectations that national emissions trading systems or carbon taxes will be implemented from China to South Africa, according to a new report from the CDP. But one critical and often controversial question remains unanswered: what is the right price to instigate changes in behavior that actually reduce carbon emissions?

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Role Of Carbon Markets Still Evolving In Run-Up To Peru Climate Talks

Less than three months ahead of the next round of international climate negotiations, it is still unclear what the potential role of the carbon markets is going to look like in a future agreement or even if carbon markets will be mentioned in the document. But if there is a role for markets, it will be built on the individual climate plans the countries bring to the table.