Payments for environmental services (PES) is a theoretical marvel. Experiences from around the world, however, suggest that PES can be an inappropriate strategy in many countries, and can lead practitioners into a series of intellectual and financial dead-ends.
Thursday, 01 December 2011 06:03

Brazil: Protect Your Forests

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This article was originally published in ECO from the international climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa As the world tries to find ways to reduce global emissions, Brazil is on the verge of igniting a real carbon bomb. A bill to change the country’s Forest Law is about to be approved, resulting in the increase of deforestation by reducing protected areas, removing the obligations for the restoration of cleared areas, and pardoning loggers. The proposed bill will be sent to President Dilma Roussef for final consideration in coming weeks.
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By Guy Edwards and Emily Kirkland (Brown University) In the jungle of acronyms and arguments that characterize efforts to confront climate change, it is hard to beat the complexities of REDD+. However, in the Brazilian Amazon a number of pioneering schemes are offering a way out of the melee. REDD+ is shorthand for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, plus forest regeneration and rehabilitation. REDD+ provides developing countries with financial incentives to protect their forests and improve sustainable forest management. The destruction of forests accounts for around 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions with most deforestation occurring in the developing world. In Brazil, deforestation represents over 50% of the country’s emissions.
Monday, 16 August 2010 14:00

Yasuní-ITT Initiative’s official video

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Ecuador's Yasuní-ITT Initiative is an ambitious attempt to tackle the challenges of climate change and sustainable development. The following video attempts to convince you why: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr3oep32SzE&fs=1&hl=en_GB&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00]
Here’s a short video on the Brazilian National Plan on Climate Change:

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Wednesday, 24 June 2009 18:42

Latin America and REDD: match made in heaven?

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Here's the link to the latest copy of the Global Canopy Programme's Little REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation)book in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French:

The Little REDD Book has recently been updated to reflect the latest research and submissions on REDD and includes a new analytical framework.

Launched at the UNFCCC climate summit in December 2008 The Little REDD Book is a guide to the UN negotiations on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). REDD aims to help halt deforestation, which causes around 20% of the world’s carbon emissions – more than the entire global transport sector. In addition, the mechanism could help fight poverty while conserving biodiversity and sustaining vital ecosystem services.

REDD has evolved rapidly since it was introduced to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2005. With 6 months to go until the landmark meeting in Copenhagen where agreement must be reached, over 30 governmental and non-governmental proposals are on the table. The Little REDD Book aims to bring clarity to this complex and rapidly-evolving area by providing insights and information on the process in non-technical language.

Download The Little REDD Book - English

Descargar El Pequeño Libro de REDD - Español

Baixe O Pequeno Livro do REDD - Português

Télécharger Le Petit Livre Rouge du REDD - Français