More than half of all peace agreements fail within five years, often because they ignore the role of natural resources in driving conflict. Ecosystem Marketplace publisher Forest Trends tells how carbon finance can help end that cycle.
This week at the Oslo REDD Exchange, Norway and the US committed to deeper collaboration over slowing climate change through forest protection. The agreement supports efforts within the International Civil Aviation Organisation to utilise a market system with incentives to reduce deforestation.
Forest Trends found “notable progress” has been made to cut deforestation out of global commodities supply chains, but has issued a report that highlights a number of trends that the group says are cause for concern as they demonstrate the current limitations of voluntary commodity commitments.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract to develop what it says is the most advanced satellite ever deployed for measuring the carbon content of tropical rainforests. Named, appropriately enough, “Biomass”, the satellite will launch in 2021 and is explicitly designed to support REDD+. The ESA says it will provide more accurate measurements of carbon content than even ground-truthing now provides.
and Nancy Harris, Octavia Payne –
Protecting the world's forests would contribute significantly to the fight against climate change. But to do that, we must find the right balance between food production and reforestation, says WRI experts.
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Renewable energy is one promising solution to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate against climate change; but no technology is as effective at storing carbon as tropical forests, says Rockefeller Foundation's Lorenzo Bernasconi.
Jutta Kill –
If the climate negotiators meeting in Paris are truly interested in halting forest loss and bringing climate change under control, they should pull the plug on REDD+ and address the underlying causes of deforestation, says researcher and activist Jutta Kill.
Who really holds power over land use decisions? Why are efforts to keep forests standing, such as REDD+ and other initiatives, still so far from altering development trajectories? CIFOR researchers Anne Larson and Ashwin Ravikumar explore.
In the recently concluded preparatory meeting for the Paris climate talks, the task of agreeing on a text for a global climate deal remains daunting, but the economic and political shift in favor of climate action has never been more clear, says Kings' College London research fellow Stephen Minas.
Indonesia has already made notable strides to develop climate mitigation strategies that ensure the protection of its forests, notably through its high-level support for efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation ...