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December, 2011

FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Colleagues,

Forest Trends, ICRAF-PRESA, the Katoomba Group, and UNDP are pleased to welcome you to our e-newsletter on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in East and Southern Africa. This online resource was created to offer easy access to new developments on PES in Africa and around the world.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 17th Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP17) met from November 28th through December 9th in Durban, South Africa; this edition focuses on results from these negotiations. As much of the discussions in Durban were centered on the role of forests in future agreements, the newsletter highlights new projects, national initiatives, methodologies, and publications related to REDD+.

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

Yours sincerely,

The Editors

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. East and Southern Africa News

2. Global News

3. Resources, Tools and Publications

4. About the Editors

East and Southern Africa News

UNFCCC COP17 RESULTS

13 December 2011
Ecosystem Marketplace
Developed and Developing Countries Come Together on Post-Kyoto Durban Platform

Throughout COP17, parties and negotiators made daily progress on the different discussions central to the climate change agenda.  The light at the end of this discussion tunnel is the agreement at the end of conference. To make sure you are updated on the latest developments, daily  summaries and opinions on negotiations are available from the Environmental Defense Fund, Eko-Eco, and CIFOR blog sites listed below. Also, the following link provides a succinct overview of decisions in Durban: http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=8764§ion=news_articles&eod=1

  – To Read More from Environmental Defense Fund
  – To Read More from Eko-Eco
  – To Read More from CIFOR

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BUSOGA FORESTRY COMPANY SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVES FSC EXTENSION OF SCOPE IN UGANDA

3 November, 2011
IIsaac Kapalaga, Managing Director, Green Resources, Uganda


Busoga Forestry Company (BFC) has extended its  FSC certification to include its Kachung Plantation in northern Uganda as of 3 November 2011.  Thus, both of Green Resources two Ugandan plantations, in Bukaleba and Kachung, are now FSC certified. BFC’s Bukaleba plantation was initially FSC certified 15 April 2011. The Kachung plantation was validated as a CDM forestation carbon project earlier this year and the tCERs have been sold on a long term contract to a European Government buyer. 

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KENYA SETTING THE STAGE FOR LONG-TERM CONSERVATION

28 November 2011
United Nations Environment Program
Northern Mau Forest, Kenya

The UNEP has announced a 3-year conservation project in the Northern Mau Forest in Kenya with over EUR20 million in funding, which will help lay the foundation for Kenya’s pilot mechanism for REDD+ by establishing an environmental monitoring system to quantify the carbon storage of the forest. The project is intended to create a sustainable basis for long-term conservation and forest management through payments for ecosystem services for river flow regulation, flood mitigation, water storage, reduced soil erosion and carbon sequestration, among others.

  – To Read More About the Project
  – To Read More from Press Release

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TANZANIA CHECKING ITíS POCKETS FOR REDD FUNDING

4 December 2011

Erick Kabendera


Durban delegates from Tanzania are frustrated this week, as talks ran into difficultly coming to an agreement on a funding scheme for REDD+, putting the African nation's REDD+ efforts in jeopardy. The five-year REDD+ pilot project is budgeted at Sh153 billion ($85 million). Tanzania, which contains almost 40% forest cover, has lost nearly 20% of its forested land since 1990, mainly due to harvesting of wood for charcoal and the expansion of agriculture and livestock grazing. There are 10 REDD+ pilot projects taking place around the country that are worth a potential $85 million, but would be in jeopardy if a financing mechanism isn’t established. In a pessimistic tone, Tanzania’s Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism said that ‘the scheme would help to protect trees from being destroyed and eventually save natural forests, but hope [is] fading as chances of financing the multi-billion projects [are seeming] unrealistic.’

  – To Read More

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KENYA PUTS SOIL CARBON TO THE TEST

14 December 2011
Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace

Modern farming methods churn up soil and release carbon into the air, where it contributes to climate change.  Ultra-modern methods conserve topsoil and increase production, trapping small amounts of carbon in the earth and plants.  The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project aims to leverage that little bit of carbon to spark an agriculture revolution.

  – To Read More

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Global News

HOW TO CONNECT REDD+ AND MARKETS WHILE AVOIDING CRISES OVER ACCESS TO LAND

22 November 2011

Karin Holzknecht, CIFOR


The global demand for food is growing faster than supply and has led to a land crisis that puts forests on the frontline of agricultural expansion. The crisis concerns proponents of rural poverty alleviation, food security, forestry, agriculture, water security, and biodiversity alike. CIFOR spoke with Daniel Nepstad of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute about the potential for REDD to be the foundation for a new, more diverse model of rural development and a step towards solving the global land crisis.

  – To Read More

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CARBON MARKETS AND CHOCOLATE

25 November 2011

How Carbon Markets can Help Avert a Chocolate Shortage
Emilie Filou and Alice Kenny, Ecosystem Marketplace


If the price of cocoa rises to the point that it rivals that of caviar twenty years from now as some experts predict, it will be because we stuck with farming techniques that wreak havoc on both soil and surrounding forests. Such techniques also contribute to global warming, and carbon finance can help make them a thing of the past.



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SATELITTES SHED NEW LIGHT ON DEFORESTATION RATES

30 November 2011
Rome

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released results from a new satellite-based survey, which provides more accurate insights on changes in the world’s forest cover. Findings suggest that world averaged 14.5 million hectares of deforestation per year between 1990 and 2005 – mostly in the tropics. Worldwide, the net loss in forest area between 1990 and 2005 was offset by gains in forested areas, which were greater than previously estimated. Overall, the rate of deforestation determined by FAO is consistent with previous estimates.  Other insights include a more accurate estimate of forest cover - 3.69 billion hectares, or 30 percent of global land area in 2005.

  – To Read More
  – To Read Survey Results

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Resources, Tools and Publications

GHANA BUILDS REDD REGULATORY REGIME

31 October 2011

Anne Thiel and Slayde Hawkins, Ecosystem Marketplace and Forest Trends


Forest carbon projects are only as good as the legal system in which they reside.  Even voluntary carbon projects can only be implemented in a system where tenure is clear and laws are enforced. Typically, however, tenure and uncertain legal context present significant stumbling blocks. A new report examines the state of REDD in Ghana’s legal apparatus.

  – To Read More

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REDD+ AND OTHER SECTORS IN EAST AFRICA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR CROSS-SECTORAL IMPLEMENTATION

November 2011

REDD Net


As REDD+ implementation will affect many actors, it is important that it involves a multi-stakeholder process, that includes governments and civil society in East Africa. This paper outlines the status of REDD+ processes, opportunities and challenges in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and points out current and potential synergies between REDD+ and the key economic sectors of agriculture and food security; energy for rural development; and water resources management.

  – To Read More

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NEW GUIDE FOR MEASURING SOCIAL AND BIODIVERSITY IMPACTS OF REDD

3 December 2011

Michael Richards, Forest Trends


REDD talks have bogged down in Durban on the question of how to ensure that the people and species living in the forests don’t get short shrift.  It’s an issue that voluntary markets have been dealing with for years, and this new tool can make the job easier.

  – To Read More

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GHANA MEASURES FORESTS FROM SKY AND LAND

6 December 2011

Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace


Cash-strapped countries hope to earn carbon credits for saving their rainforests, but many fear their gains will be wiped out by the high cost of documenting the carbon they capture in trees. Ghana hopes to change that by blending satellite technology with ground-truthing in a way that they say is both cheap and effective.

  – To Read More

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SPECIAL REPORT: NEW APPROACHES TO OLD WORLD CARBON

2 December 2011
Molly Peters-Stanley, Ecosystem Marketplace

Voluntary carbon credits – made for reducing CO2 in countries without existing “caps” on carbon, but Europeans like them too. And European corporates increasingly seek to invest in local projects, which are not always kosher under the current Kyoto Protocol framework. This paper from Ecosystem Marketplace explores existing programs’ limited options and creative approaches to domestic carbon reductions – and how Durban could change everything.

  – To Read More

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