This Week in Forest Carbon: What's On The Agenda?
Anti-REDD groups lobby California's governor. A carbon cowboy seeks spoils and gets exposed. A government-commissioned report tells England how to step up its woodland creation, while New Zealand forest owners get vocal on barriers to project development. South-South collaboration finds a new voice as Brazil shares REDD lessons with Ethiopia.
24 July 2012 |
This article was originally published in the Forest Carbon newsletter. Click here to read the orignal.
REDD drew flak last week as 30 California-based organizations wrote
to Governor Jerry Brown, protesting the potential use of international forest carbon offsets in California's cap-and-trade scheme on grounds of additionality and safeguard gaps. Just days before, Liam Bartlett's latest 60 Minutes footage
of David Nilsson's escapades in the Peruvian Amazon served to demystify the "carbon cowboy" as he continues to seek out carbon contracts at the expense of indigenous rights and livelihoods.
England reportedly lags behind the UK and the rest of Europe in woodland creation, a recent report by England's Independent Panel on Forestry explores ways for the government to realize the full value of woodlands – including by capitalizing more on its carbon markets. New Zealand faces its own barriers to forest carbon project development, with forest owners voicing concern over the government's latest policy that allows unrestricted use of cheaper, international carbon credits in the NZ ETS.
In Latin America, Patagonia Sur received VCS validation for its native-species reforestation project in Chile, while Asorpar found fresh support for its VCS/CCB-certified reforestation and habitat restoration project in Colombia from German parcel delivery firm DPD as it embarks on its new Total Zero program. Up north, an undisclosed multinational manufacturer bought four years' worth of carbon credits from Pennsylvania's Bethlehem Authority, as the authority's new forest management plan and Forest Stewardship Council certification took effect.
In the spirit of knowledge exchange, various agencies in Brazil – including the Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas (IDESAM) – are contributing REDD insights to a REDD pilot in Bale, Ethiopia. Also in good company, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Peru powered up last week in MRV capabilities upon receiving training in deforestation tracking and biomass measurement at workshops organized by the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force. For the rest of us, David Barton Bray from Florida International University shares lessons from Environmental Services of Oaxaca (SAO) in helping develop Mexico's forest carbon market – available to read here at Ecosystem Marketplace.
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