With Cancun less than a week away, the world of Forest Carbon has been bursting with developments. From the grassroots to the Governor’s Climate and Forest Taskforce, this week has highlighted innovative mitigation projects, guides for forest carbon projets and demonstration projects.
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24 November 2010 | As we ramp up to Cancún at the end of the month, an abundance of forest carbon flowers are starting to bloom. From the grass roots up, we heard this week about innovative new projects to harness forests (and increasingly, agriculture) for climate change mitigation, the publication of new guides on evaluating and developing forest carbon projects, all the way up to state-level demonstration projects being announced by the Governor’s Climate and Forests Taskforce.
In Africa, we saw a host of new developments, as new carbon credit exchanges comes into view for Kenya and Zambia, lessons learned are gathered from a timber taxing program in Cameroon, and Nigerian officials cope with anxious residents about the fate of community forest land in REDD+ project areas.
Across the US, forest carbon seemed to be fairly quiet this week, save the for actions of Gov. Schwarzenegger. With many eager onlookers hoping for Cancún to clarify a REDD+ Mechanism and put some more details into Developed Countries’ financing pledges, who’s willing to wager we might be hearing a bit more about that elusive $1 billion the US promised for REDD back in Copenhagen?
On a lighter note, as many of us here in the US are packing bags in preparation for the annual national ritual of unsurpassed turkey gluttony, we’re really feeling the Thanksgiving spirit. Without the hard work of a small but dedicated team of researchers and interns, the work we do here (including this newsletter) would not be possible. Thus, without further ado, Daniel Kandy, Kristina Van Dexter, Carolyn Hight-Harf, and John Vidaurrazaga, take a bow.
And finally, for those of you heading down to Cancún, Ecosystem Marketplace will be manning a booth at CIFOR’s Forest Day 4 (December 5, 2010). Come by and say hello and check out the latest work from the entire Forest Trends family.
As always, read on below for all the juicy details in this, the latest issue of Ecosystem Marketplace’s Forest Carbon Newsletter.
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