Forest carbon policy and project development have both gotten off to rocky starts in October, and so far we’re only two weeks in.
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14 October 2010 | In Tianjin, China, REDD+ Partnership talks came apart at the seams. Although it’s a small wonder nobody lost any eyes with the number of fingers pointing around the room, most of the fingers seem to be leveled at Papua New Guinea. As co-chair of the Partnership, PNG is purported to be strenuously resisting the integration of meaningful stakeholder consultation into the Partnership’s governance. As a result of all the discord, side events that were to be held in Nagoya, Japan during the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity later this month were cancelled and will be rescheduled to take place during the climate talks in Cancíºn.
On the project development front, we caught wind of several shaky starts.
Coincidentally timed with the release of a new report from Mongabay’s open access journal cautioning against engaging commercial and industrial entities to manage payment for ecosystem services (PES) projects, Indonesia announced a new public-private partnership for forest conservation with twelve major companies. Top on the list is Asia Pulp and Paper, a subsidiary of palm oil giant Sinar Mas.
Meanwhile in Africa, Aussie-based Shift2Neutral’s earlier proclamation of a country-wide REDD deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now in shambles following the release of a letter from DRC’s Minister of Environment explicitly pronouncing the deal “illegal” and “void.”
As PNG’s leadership at the REDD+ Partnership meetings failed to steer clear of a rocky shore, project development in PNG may have completely run aground. Prime Minister Michael Somare is reported to have issued a letter saying voluntary carbon schemes should be put out to pasture after a string of unsavory prospective projects have emerged within the country.
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—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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