Brazil makes strides by launching a new and improved satellite system for deforestation-related emissions measurements, and the first Latin American forest carbon offset project verified under the American Carbon Registry. Ghana and Ecuador also inch toward improvements as Ghana potentially sees REDD+ funds stream from Norway and Ecuador kicks off its UN-REDD National Programme.
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4 September 2012 | In this issue, our global forest carbon market tracking plants us first in Ecuador, which recently kicked off its UN-REDD National Programme during the country’s inception workshop in the province of Sucumbios – engaging various stakeholders including provincial and local government officials, national and international NGOs, community members and indigenous groups. Meanwhile, multilateral groups in Indonesia and offsite researchers studying projects based in Brazil, Cameroon and Tanzania stress participation of local communities and indigenous groups in the REDD+ process.
In REDD+ financing, Ghana may be getting financial support from the Embassy of Switzerland in the area of $4 million, while the first glance at Forest Trend’s Expenditure Tracking Project progress offers some explanations for regions’ potential gaps in funds reporting. The European Forest Institute’s EU REDD Facility also aims to shed some light on overall REDD knowledge and recent updates through their newly launched website.
Brazil made strides in its emissions reduction efforts by launching a new satellite system that provides a more accurate measurement of deforestation-related emissions. It also saw its Boa Vista afforestation/reforestation carbon offset project become the first Latin American forest carbon project verified under the American Carbon Registry. The country’s land reforms reportedly have also had a positive impact on the establishment of logging arrangements while land tenure reforms in other countries, such as Bolivia, have led to more barriers to community participation in REDD+. Brazil’s fruits, or rather its nuts, have benefited other countries as well, such as Peru, as a component of multiple-use management of non-timber forest products.
Trees are also multitasking in France and Costa Rica. An organic experimental farm in northern France claims to be the most ambitious agroforestry project in the region, benefiting from both environmental and economic benefits of having trees in its farm. Meanwhile, Costa Rica is finding “living” fences, formed from trimmed branches of rooted posts, to have greater economic and environmental benefits than “dead”, or manufactured fences.
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