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Summer 2011

FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Colleagues,


As joint editors, ICRAF-PRESA, the Katoomba Group, and UNDP welcome you to the first edition of the E-Newsletter: Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in East and Southern Africa. This online resource was created to connect PES practitioners in Africa with global best practice. With this publication, we aim to help build networks among organizations and individuals implementing PES while tracking multiple levels of PES developments.


In the anticipation of COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, there has been a proliferation of events, financing, institutions and dialogues across the region related to carbon. This issue explores the promise of carbon markets and finance in Africa to conserve tree cover, while also noting the challenge to maintain energy production, agricultural yields, and local livelihoods. We hope the articles presented offer practical insights into how carbon markets, REDD+, and PES can and are being responsibly implemented to achieve benefits for stakeholders. 


Please see our contact information at the bottom of this newsletter and feel free to be in touch with us. We look forward to receiving any comments or article suggestions for our next edition. Thank you for your readership!


Yours sincerely,


The Editors 


To view this newsletter online: http://www.forest-trends.org/documents/newsletters/eakg.php?newsletterID=275

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. East and Southern Africa News

2. Africa News

3. Global News

4. Resources, Tools and Publications

5. Other Related News

6. About the Editors

East and Southern Africa News

FIRST SOIL CARBON PROJECT IN AFRICA: KENYAN FARMING PROJECT COULD BE MODEL FOR THE REGION

November 2010

Carbon Offsets Daily 


The groundbreaking Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project is set to improve food security, help address climate change, and improve the lives and livelihoods of rural dwellers who live in poverty. The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project is not only the first project that sells soil carbon credits in Africa, it is also paving the way for a new approach to carbon accounting methodologies. It demonstrates the added benefits carbon finance can provide for sustainable agriculture land management, community development, and environmental impacts.


The project is an example of what World Bank Climate Change Special Envoy Andrew Steer refers to as a triple win. At the opening ceremony of The Hague conference, Steer said, “we will be searching for the elusive triple win: policies and programs that will first, increase farm productivity and incomes; second, make agriculture more resilient to variations in climate, and thus promote stability and security; and, third, help make the agriculture sector part of the solution to the climate change problem rather than part of the problem”. 

  – Click Here to Read More

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TANZANIA'S BURNING QUESTION: CAN REDD SUCCEED AMID A CHARCOAL ADDICTION?

Date: June 15, 2011
Source: Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Blog
Author: Salla Rantala


Demand for charcoal in Tanzania is growing, as charcoal is a cheap energy source for most households. However, as charcoal is produced by burning trees, increasing demand could frustrate efforts at curbing deforestation in the country.

Tanzania is interested in conserving its tree cover through programmes in reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). It is therefore important to address the heavy usage of charcoal. Indeed, demand for charcoal in Tanzania is projected to increase alongside rapid urbanization and population growth.


In an online article, Salla Rantala, a researcher with experience on Tanzania, argues that the adoption of REDD+ policies may not be successful without providing alternative energy sources, or a means of producing charcoal through sustainable methods.


  – Click Here to Read More

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TRANSBOUNDARY AGRO-ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT PROJECT FOR THE KAGERA RIVER BASIN

March 2011

UN-FAO


The Project Goal is to adopt an integrated ecosystems approach for the management of land resources in the Kagera Basin that will generate local, national and global benefits including: restoration of degraded lands, carbon sequestration and climate change adaptation and mitigation, protection of international waters, agro-biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and improved agricultural production, leading to increased food security and improved rural livelihoods.


Project developers are delighted to announce the new Kagera website.  The site is accessible at a link below. Apart from the main project documents and information, there is also included a useful section on the tools and methods (which will gradually be enriched as the project is implemented). Also, a growing information resource database gathering reports, case studies and training material is searchable. A news archive and a photo gallery are also available. Kindly note that  the French version of the website will soon be online.

  – Click Here to Read More

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SOUTH AFRICA: BUSINESS URGED TO PLAY CLIMATE LEADERSHIP ROLE

15 April 2011

Chris Bathembu, Bua News (Tshwane)


Johannesburg — The South African government wants to use the upcoming United Nations climate change summit, scheduled to take place in Durban later this year, to convince the country's business sector to take a leading role in the global efforts to slow climate change.



  – Click Here to Read More

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WORLD BANK FUNDING FOR MADAGASCAR BIODIVERSITY FOCUSES ON LOCAL LIVELIHOODS

June 23 2011, Rivonala Razafison, The Africa Review

July 7 2011, Ecosystem Marketplace, Biodiversity Newsletter


The World Bank has pledged an additional $52 million for natural resource protection in Madagascar. Part of the funds is earmarked for ecosystem services payments and eco-tourism development, while $15 million will go toward improving the livelihoods of communities living around protected areas, with an eye toward linking natural resource management with new income streams for the rural poor.

  – Click Here to Read More

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TRAINING COMMUNITY, GOVERNMENT, AND PRIVATE SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS ON PAYMENTS FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN UGANDA

Training Government and Private Sector Stakeholders on PES in Uganda: April 4, 2011, Kampala

Training Community Leaders on PES in Uganda: April 6 - 8, 2011, Hoima


These two courses were organized by The Katoomba Group, Forest Trends’ Communities and Markets Program, and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust. The training sessions were in support of a 4-year project implemented by the Uganda National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), on 'Developing an experimental Methodology for Testing the Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Enhance Conservation in Productive Landscapes in Uganda'. The project focuses on private and community forests between the Budongo and bugoma forest reserves in Hoima District, Western Uganda.


Agenda, presentations, resources, materials and participant lists are available at the below websites.

  – Click Here to Read More from The Community Leader Training Session
  – Click Here to Read More from the Government and Private Sector Training Session

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UGANDA ON A NATURAL HIGH

A rainforest rehabilitation project in Uganda has become the latest forest carbon project to achieve verification under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Started by Face the Future in 1994, the Natural High Forest rehabilitation project is located in Uganda’s Kibale National Park, home to one of the world’s largest Chimpanzee populations. Implemented by Face the Future, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and local community members, the project will see the restoration of 10,000 ha of indigenous forest vegetation on degraded lands within the boundaries of the national park. “This project helped pioneer the field of forest carbon offsets,” said Dr. Robert J. Hrubes, Senior Vice President of SCS, who validated and verified the project. “Its validation to the VCS represents a milestone for the voluntary carbon market.” 370,000 Voluntary Carbon Units (VCUs) were issued in September 2011 for the project, which Face the Future hopes to expand in the future.

  – Click Here to Read More from Face the Future
  – Click Here to Read More from SCS

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Africa News

UN TO MONITOR AID FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

14 July 2011, Ecosystem Marketplace, Forest Carbon Newsletter

1 July 2011, Ndinawe Simpelwe, The Post Online, Zambia


The UN is planning on establishing an anti-corruption initiative to track some of its REDD investments. Recent concerns have been raised in Zambia that corruption may be sapping some of the $4.5 million meant to fund (in part) the country's REDD+ readiness preparations, says Josep Gari, the UNDP environment finance advisor for Africa.

  – Click Here to Read More from The Post Online

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CONCERN OVER STALLED NIGERIAN FOREST CARBON PROJECT

July 10 2011

By Michael Simire Deputy Sunday Editor, The Daily Independent Nigeria

Ecosystem Marketplace, Forest Carbon News


In September of last year, Nigeria’s Federal Environment Ministry signed an MOU with the Global Oxygen Development Corporation (GODC) and UNISPACE Nigeria Limited to begin developing several Nigerian REDD projects. GODC and UNISPACE are now reporting limited progress has been made due to bureaucratic gridlock, particularly stemming from the slow pace of work by the Environment Ministry. Although the groups formed a contract with Taraba State government to initiate REDD+ projects, and are in similar discussions with Ekiti State government, securing formal official recognition and approval for the projects has reportedly presented an unanticipated critical bottleneck. Read more about the mired projects in Nigeria’s Daily Independent.

  – Click Here to Read More

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AFRICA CARBON FORUM

July 04 - 06 2011

Marrakech, Morocco

Africa Carbon Forum


The African Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa. It is a place to discuss latest development on the carbon market and how the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can be successful in Africa. The Africa Carbon Forum includes matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions where carbon project developers can showcase their projects to investors and carbon buyers. The third Africa Carbon Forum took place in Marrakech, Morocco as a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Marrakech Accords, which kicked off the implementation of the CDM.


The event included: 

  • Updates on recent developments in the international carbon market
  • Information on the challenges dealing with global climate change
  • Discussions with project developers and technical specialists from various sectors and technologies
  • Best practices and lessons learned on the implementation of Clean development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa
  • Sessions with respected experts from the public and private sector on strategies and measures promoting the benefits of the CDM in Africa, emphasizing the new Programmatic CDM approach
  • Opportunities for CDM project developers to showcase their projects to private sector representatives in matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions
  • Network building opportunities to find partners throughout the Forum

  – Click Here to Read More on Africa Carbon Forum Website
  – Click Here to Read More from UNEP
  – Click Here to Read More from Ecosystem Marketplace

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AFRICA CARBON EXCHANGE IS LAUNCHED

March 2011

Africa Carbon Exchange


The Africa Carbon Exchange (ACX) was officially launched on 24th March, 2011 at the Fairview Hotel, Nairobi and thereafter followed by the Carbon Trading Introductory Workshop at the same venue.The Africa Carbon Exchange (ACX) is an African founded and managed marketplace for environmental commodities and derivatives designed to bring the benefits of carbon markets to Africa by unraveling the complexities of carbon market participation and addressing the prevailing barriers to low carbon development in Africa. Headquartered in Nairobi, ACX aims to provide innovative services and solutions to unlock the high potential that Africa offers to the global carbon markets. ACX will be a one-stop shop for emission reduction or sequestration projects to access the capacity, financing, and linkages required enabling low carbon development

  – Click Here to Read More

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Global News

MORE FUNDS APPROVED FOR CLIMATE PROJECTS

14 July 2011

Ecosystem Marketplace, Forest Carbon News


The World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced $444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support projects in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Included in the grants is $30 million in funding for Burkina Faso to decentralize sustainable forest management and encourage participatory protection of state forest reserves, and $60 million for the Democratic Republic of Congo to fund small-scale REDD+ initiatives and engage the private sector in REDD+.

  – Click Here to Read More from The World Bank

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6 NEW COUNTRIES JOIN UN-REDD PROGRAM

14 July 2011

Ecosystem Marketplace, Forest Carbon News


The UN-REDD Programme has announced six new countries have joined its illustrious ranks. Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mongolia, Pakistan and Peru will now have the ability to engage in Policy Board meetings and may at some point in the future become eligible to apply for UN-REDD financial assistance to develop national REDD+ programs. Until then, they’ll have to be satisfied as observers and gleaning the lessons learned from their colleagues.

  – Click Here to Read More from UN-REDD

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Resources, Tools and Publications

BUILDING FOREST CARBON PROJECTS: A STEP BY STEP OVERVIEW AND GUIDE

Johannes Ebeling, Jacob Olander

Forest Trends, The Katoomba Incubator, EcoDecision

13 July 2011

  – Click Here to Read More from Ecosystem Marketplace
  – Click Here to Download Materials

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NESTED APPROACHES TO REDD+: AN OVERVIEW OF ISSUES AND OPTIONS

May 2011

Forest Trends, Climate Focus

Jacob Olander, Joerg Seifert Granzin, Thiago Chagas, Charlotte Streck, Robert O'Sullivan

  – Click Here to Read More

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ESTIMATING THE OPPORTUNITY COSTS OF REDD+

November 2010

World Bank

Douglas White et. al.

  – Click Here to Read More

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PROTECTING AND RESTORING FOREST CARBON IN TROPICAL AFRICA: A GUIDE FOR DONORS AND FUNDERS

20 May 2011

The Forests Philanthropy Action Network (FPAN)

Bernard Mercer, Jonathan Finighan, Thomas Sembres, Joshua Schaefer

  – Click Here to Read More

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CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE: THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY

20 April 2011

Toni Bacala

Media Global

  – Click Here to Read More

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PAYMENTS FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND FOOD SECURITY

July 2011

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Ottaviani, Daniela, Scialabba, Nadia El-Hage

  – Click Here to Read More

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PRO-POOR REWARDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IN AFRICA 2008 - 2011

ICRAF-PRESA

2010

Nairobi, Kenya

  – Click Here to Read More

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2011 UPDATE: STATE OF BIODIVERSITY MARKETS

June 27 2011

Becca Madsen, Nathaniel Carroll, Daniel Kandy, Genevieve Bennett

Ecosystem Marketplace

  – Click Here to Read More from 2011 Update
  – Click Here to Read More from 2010 Report

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GENRIVER AND FLOWPER: GENERIC RIVER FLOW PERSISTENCE MODELS.

User Manual Version 2.0

2011

World Agrofrorestry Centre, SE Asia Regional Office

Meine Van Noordwijk, Rudy Harto Widodo, Ai Farida, desi Ariyadhi Suyamto, Betha Lusiana, Lisa Tanika and Ni'matul Khasanah

  – Click Here to Read More

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Other Related News

AUGUST 8 - 9 2011: TRAINING WORKSHOP ON PES AND REDD+

August 8-9, 2011
Nairobi, Kenya
Organizers: ICRAF, Forest Trends, and the International Katoomba Group

Supported by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


This workshop is being offered to African public policy makers, private sector representatives, and NGOs.  Participation will be limited to 30 people. The aim is to increase understanding of the opportunities associated with payments for ecosystem services highlighting the potential of PES to create incentives for natural resource management practices that take into consideration, and derive benefits from, the value carbon sequestration, water quality and quantity, and biodiversity. At the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with assessing prospects for PES in their countries.  Specifically, the aim of the workshop is to provide participants with:

  • An introduction to PES and the related areas of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+);
  • A discussion of policy, legal, and institutional supports that can enable, or prohibit, PES transactions at a national or sub-national level;
  • An explanation of what PES and REDD+ both entail for all parties to an agreement;
  • An overview of how PES can be most effectively designed and implemented;
  • A set of case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America that illustrate key details of past transactions.

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AUGUST 10-13: TRAINING WORKSHOP ON THE SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF PES AND REDD+ PROJECTS

10 - 13 August 2011

ICRAF-PRESA News

Godfrey Mwaloma 


The Training Workshop on the Social Impact Assessment of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) Projects is jointly offered by PRESA and the International Katoomba Group with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Participants will include policy makers, private sector stakeholders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and farmer associations, which could in the future become PES project developers.


This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the tools to undertake social impact assessment (SIA) of REDD+ or other terrestrial carbon projects with appropriate support. It is based on a methodology that has been tested and refined through REDD+ project applications in Brazil, Guatemala and Peru in 2011, as well as SIA training workshops in Peru and Tanzania in 2010.  Intended participants are REDD+ project proponents or developers who are seeking validation under the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards or other multiple benefit standards. The workshop may also be of interest to other agencies working on social aspects of the REDD+ agenda.

  – Click Here to Read More from ICRAF-PRESA
  – Click Here to Read More from The International Katoomba Group

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SEPTEMBER 2011: FOREST TRENDS REDD+ WORKSHOPS

September 2011

Kisangani, DRC


Forest Trends and its partners in Africa will conduct a series of workshops in Kisangani, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in late September to outline a viable regional framework for developing forest carbon projects and assessing their social impacts. The workshops will discuss collaborative methodologies for launching REDD+ activities in key provinces within DRC.

  – Click Here to Read More

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OCTOBER 8 - 19 2011: CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY COP11

8 - 19 October

Ecosystem Marketplace, Biodiversity Newsletter


The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held from 8-19 October. The High Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism; and more. 8-19 October, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), India.

  – Click Here to Read More from CBD
  – Click Here to Read More from Ecosystem Marketplace

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JANUARY 2012: CARBON MARKETS AFRICA: CARBON MARKETS AND CLIMATE FINANCE

2011 Past Event Date: 25 - 26 January

2012 Future Event Date: January (To Be Determined)

Source: Green Power Conferences


Scheduled for the month after COP 16, Carbon Markets & Climate Finance Africa 2011 was the first opportunity for the stakeholders in Africa’s carbon future to digest the news from Cancun and take action to put Africa at the heart of the global carbon market. Carbon Markets & Climate Finance Africa facilitates stakeholders joining together with project hosts, financiers, developers and legislators to deliver genuine market insight and increased rates of project development and investment. Carbon Markets & Climate Finance Africa will return to South Africa in 2012 in January 2012 to review what is set to be a very big year for climate change mitigation efforts as the continent prepares to host the COP 17 summit.


Details on the 2012 Carbon Markets & Climate Finance Africa event in Johannesburg, South Africa are currently being finalized.

  – Click Here to Read More

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