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Regional East and South Africa Katoomba Group Launched!
November 8-19, 2006

The East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group (ESA KG) was formally launched at a meeting hosted by the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR); the Botanical Society of South Africa and MINTEK.

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Dear Friends,

2007 opened with some very big news for the issues we’ve been working on the past several years. For example, the movie Inconvenient Truth recently won an Oscar for Best Documentary soon after Al Gore wrote the forward to our recently released book on carbon markets. At the same time, the Academy Awards event itself (which included carbon offsetting) exemplified how one environmental market, the carbon market, as well as concerns about climate change have hit the mainstream. Also in late February, Governors of five Western States (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington) agreed not only to set greenhouse gas caps for the region, but also to establish a regional cap and trade GHG trading scheme.

As spring arrives in Washington D.C., Forest Trends is moving full speed ahead to stay at the cutting edge of these rapidly evolving environmental markets.   I look forward to joining with you in helping shape and improve these tools contributing to conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

Best wishes,

Michael Jenkins, President

New Initiatives

Certification of Ecosystem Services Markets

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), such as markets for water, carbon sequestration and biodiversity, are predicted to grow substantially over the next several decades. As these markets grow, it will be crucial to develop the institutions and market mechanisms to underpin these transactions. In particular, consistent standards and independent third party certification will be an extremely valuable element to these PES transactions, just as certification has benefited the recognition of sustainable wood in the marketplace. In response to this need, Forest Trends is initializing a project with GTZ and a range of market stakeholders, such as the Rainforest Alliance, and organizers of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standard, to design a set of standards and certification tools for these markets. For further information on this initiative please contact or

Ecosystem Marketplace Dives into Water Trading in the Chesapeake

Examining the range of environmental markets, Ecosystem Marketplace (EM) predicts that water- quality trading will be the next (after carbon markets) major environmental market. With the goal of advancing the adoption of  water-quality trading, EM is collaborating with key players to explore the potential for a water- quality trading scheme to address nutrient pollution problems in the Chesapeake Bay. Located in the heart of Washington D.C., a third of the Bay is currently listed as a "dead zone" by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  The Bay’s watershed spans seven states which have each separately established relevant regulation or created laws aimed at water quality trading. Due to these factors and the watershed’s scale, EM believes that the Bay could become a European Union Emissions Trading Scheme type stimulator for water trading around the globe. An initial meeting in December 2006 identified major hurdles to trading. In the next several months EM is initiating a series of projects around water quality trading, including a Katoomba meeting on water quality trading that would take place in Washington DC either at the end of 2007 or in early 2008.  

The Communities Advisory Group launched

The Communities Advisory Group of the Forest Trends Communities and Markets Program was launched October 2006 in Brazil during the Katoomba meetings in São Paulo and Paraty. The Communities and Markets program of Forest Trends seeks to engage forest and rural communities in the ecosystem services market to promote conservation and territorial rights. The Advisory Group was created to support and build capacity of providers and communities engaged in payments for environmental services.
For more information regarding this program, subscribe to the Community Forum Newsletter or contact Beto Borges at:


A Dialogue on Illegal Logging in Washington, D.C.
March 8, 2007

Over the past eight years, the issues of illegal logging and associated trade have drawn increasing international attention, with a proliferation of new initiatives to address the issue being undertaken by governments (both producer and consumer), industry, NGOs and donor organizations. After this period of increased attention and experience, it is time to take stock. Which initiatives are working, which ones less so, why, and for what cost? With these questions in mind, the Forest Trends China and Asia- Pacific Initiative recently hosted a meeting to help participants to develop a better understanding of the different perspectives and initiatives around illegal logging currently being undertaken by governments, industry and NGOs. This meeting was designed to initiate a series of meetings (tentatively scheduled every 6 months) that will be objective and neutral, with government, industry and civil society presenting the objectives and findings of their policies, research or projects. Ultimately, our goal is to foster a constructive network of stakeholders interested in collaborative efforts.

China and the Global Forest Products Trade Workshops in Beijing, China - September 20-22, 2006

Forest Trends collaborated with the Rights & Resources Group, Peking University, CIFOR and the Chinese Forestry Administration to hold a series of workshops on issues, such as collective tenure reform and sustainable international trade, related to the sustainability of the forest sector in China. Participants overviewed China’s domestic production of wood products and its relation with the global market; shared ideas for improving production and livelihoods through tenure and regulatory reform in China; reviewed results of new research from China, Mexico and India; and explored strategies to encourage efforts moving forward. 

Katoomba X: Valuing Environmental Services meeting in São Paulo, Brazil, October 3-4, 2006.

The 10th annual public meeting of the Katoomba Network was held at the Getulio Vargas Center for Sustainability Studies in São Paulo, Brazil. This event was the first regional meeting and official launch of the Tropical America Katoomba Group (TAKG) and the Communities Advisory Group of the Forest Trends Communities and Markets Program. Nearly 500 people from across Brazil and throughout Latin America gathered for a two day meeting filled with presentations and discussions on the topic of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and the many PES initiatives throughout Brazil.

A follow-up private meeting held in Paraty, Brazil, defined strategies, opportunities and communication mechanisms for the TAKG network in 2007. Break out group sessions and discussions focused on the activities of bundling of ecosystem services, combined certification of ecosystem services with forest or agricultural certification, and policy support for political initiatives with local and national governments. One critical opportunity the group would like to address is strengthening political participation and experience with avoided deforestation.

Regional Katoomba Group for East and Southern Africa Formally Launched in Cape Town, November 8-10, 2006.

The East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group (ESA KG) was formally launched at a meeting hosted by the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR); the Botanical Society of South Africa and MINTEK.

The main objective of the group is to address the key challenges to designing, implementing and scaling up PES in the region. Participating countries in the ESA KG are Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Madagascar and South Africa. For more information about the meeting including the conference proceedings and presentations, please the website or contact

China and the Global Forest Products Trade Workshops in Beijing, China September 20-22, 2006

Forest Trends collaborated with the Rights and Resources Group, Peking University, and CIFOR, and the State Forestry Administration in China to hold a series of workshops on issues related to the sustainability of the forest sector and related industries in China.

The presentations covered aspects from strengthening domestic production and rural livelihoods through collective tenure reform to sustainable international trade.

Voluntary Carbon Book Launch in London, England
December 5-6, 2006

The Ecosystem Marketplace launched their new book Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work at the House of Commons and at AMB AMBRO in London, England early in December 2006. Panelists discussed key issues in the voluntary carbon markets, including: new standards, the differences between “gourmet” and “commodity” carbon and the influence of evolving U.S. climate regulations.  The event was co- sponsored by ABN-AMRO, Generation Investment Management, Climate Change Capital, Ecosecurities, The Climate Group, Earthscan and Ecosystem Marketplace.

The book Voluntary Carbon Markets, features a foreword by Al Gore, is now available in the U.S. and U.K.

For more information visit Ecosystem Marketplace or contact:

New Publications

A Tale of Two Continents: Ecosystem Services in Latin America and East and Southern Africa

This fall, Ecosystem Marketplace compiled a series of some of its best stories on emerging markets and market-like mechanisms for ecosystem services in Latin America and in East and Southern Africa. While the ecosystems in Latin America and Africa appear quite different, these regions face a series of similar problems—and may benefit from sharing potential solutions. This compilation of stories was created to illustrate how the concepts of environmental markets, market-like mechanisms, and payments for ecosystem services are likely to impact communities in developing countries.

Logging in the Wild East: China and the Forest Crisis in the Russian Far East
By Charlie Pye-Smith

In this report jointly produced by Forest Trends and Rights & Resources, Journalist Charlie Pye-Smith chronicles the Russian timber supply chain, traveling from the forests of Primorskiy Krai, to the Russia-China border at Suifenhe to the timber markets of Dezhou and beyond. Documenting each link in the supply chain with interviews and photographs, Pye-Smith provides a firsthand account of the effects of the timber trade on both sides of the border.

Tropical America Katoomba Group launches Newsletter

In December 2006, the Tropical America Katoomba Group (TAKG) unveiled the publication of our first volume of the Tropical America Katoomba Group Newsletter in December. This newsletter describes incipient initiatives of the TAKG moving forward, news from the East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group, related Forest Trends programs, news from Katoomba members, and interesting developments in the world of PES.

East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group launches Newsletter

Also in December 2006, the East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group (ESA KG) published the first volume of their monthly e-newsletter. The newsletter highlights ESA KG network members’ initiatives and activities, PES related news in East and Southern Africa from various sources, PES related news from other Katoomba groups, upcoming events and resources such as new PES related publications, tools and guides.




Staff Exchange with Anglo American Mining in South Africa

Last fall, Mira Inbar (Project Manager of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Program) undertook a secondment at the Anglo Platinum PPRust platinum mine in Mokopane, South Africa. Anglo Platinum, the world’s largest primary producer of platinum, is undertaking a biodiversity offset project with Forest Trends to compensate for the impact of a new 7 km x 2 km x 800 m platinum mine. Mira was based near this mine for three months and worked with the company to develop a plan for offsetting their impact. She also collaborated with the mine management on its Sustainable Development Plan and learned about corporate strategies for sustainable development and biodiversity management across the Anglo Group.


Bryan Straathof recently became Forest Trends’ new Controller. Previously Bryan was director of finance at National Cooperative Business Association. He’s also held positions with Citizens Development Corps, United States Peace Corps, and Fiscal Management, Inc. Bryan is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Finance from University of Maryland.

Mwaka Nakazwe-Munthali joined Forest Trends in September 2006 as our Accountant. Before joining Forest Trends, she worked as an Accounting Manager for a large Scientific Advancement organization. Prior to that, Mwaka was Controller for another large non profit organization that worked to foster social justice. She holds a degree in Commerce and Economics for Developing Countries from the University of India and also a BSc in Accounting.

Luke Bailey joined Forest Trends in October 2006 as the Program Associate for the Forest Trade and Finance program. Prior to becoming Program Associate, Luke interned at Forest Trends, researched environmental archaeology of the Maya in Belize and interned at the International Institute for Environment and Development in Dakar, Senegal. He recently graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a BSFS in Science, Technology & International Affairs.

Katherine Hamilton recently joined Forest Trends as Ecosystem Marketplace’s Carbon Project Manager. Previously, Katherine held positions with Natural Capitalism Inc., International Council for Science, and Yale Environmental Law and Policy Center. She recently earned a masters degree at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she researched the voluntary carbon market. Katherine also holds a B.A. from University of Michigan.

Ben Dappen has worked with Forest Trends as a consultant for more than five years and is now serving part-time as our IT and Design Associate. Ben has constructed and maintained websites for Forest Trends and several of its initiatives, as well as designed many of Forest Trends’ newsletters, publications, and mailers. Ben graduated from Reed College in 2004 with a degree in history and pre-medical studies.