Over the past three years Ecosystem Marketplace’s efforts to ensure timely, reliable information about the projects, markets, news, and science surrounding forest carbon has grown exponentially. In this latest edition of Forest Carbon News, read the latest news and find how you can support the continuing work of EM and the Forest Carbon Portal.
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24 December 2010 | By 2007, the Bali Action Plan heralded the rise in prominence of forests in international climate circles, culminating recently with landmark decisions in Cancíºn. And yet for nearly two decades outside these public forums, the wealth of forest carbon experience being gained through forest carbon project development, scientific research, and market evolution remained isolated, producing a near-complete information void for domestic and international policymakers, project developers, investors, environmental groups, and other interested observers.
Building from our experiences increasing the state of transparency and information about the operation of voluntary carbon markets, Ecosystem Marketplace, a project of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Forest Trends, turned to help bridge this information gap in the forest carbon sector. Over the past three years our efforts to ensure timely, reliable information about the projects, markets, news, and science surrounding forest carbon has grown exponentially. Alongside the Poznań climate negotiations in December 2008, Ecosystem Marketplace unveiled the Forest Carbon Portal to provide an information clearinghouse on forest carbon news, data, and analysis. In February 2009, we sent out the first edition of the newsletter you are reading now.
Over the course of 2010, we have redoubled our efforts to keep bridging the gap. In January, we released the first State of the Forest Carbon Markets report. This summer, we more than doubled our news gathering activities, moving from monthly to bi-weekly editions of this newsletter, including expanding coverage to news in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Chinese, and Indonesian. And perhaps most importantly for our efforts to bridge the information gap, Ecosystem Marketplace continues to provide all of these services free of charge.
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From all of us at Ecosystem Marketplace and the Forest Carbon Portal, we wish you happy holidays. And as always, read on below for all the news in this, the latest edition of Ecosystem Marketplace’s Forest Carbon Newsletter.
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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