There are implications for water in the ‘landscapes approach’ that everyone has been talking about in that it has the potential to align climate finance with sustainable water management goals like food security and water quality. Meanwhile, the USDA and EPA announced a partnership to scale up water quality trading markets and the Chinese examine natural infrastructure investment.
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19 December 2013 | You couldn’t escape it if you attended year-end climate talks in Warsaw this year. After all, Indonesian Deputy Minister Heru Prasetyo talked about it incessantly, as did World Bank Vice President Rachel Kyte. Peter Holmgren, who heads the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), built the two-day
The “it” is the “landscapes approach” to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fields, farms, and forests. But what exactly does that mean? And what’s it doing in a newsletter about water?
Several speakers described it as a “holistic” approach that aims to go beyond reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and even beyond REDD+ (which incorporates more activities) by shifting the focus beyond just capturing carbon in trees and towards a complete re-engineering of the rural economy that incorporates people, places, and culture.
A shift towards a landscapes approach has the potential to meaningfully align climate finance with goals for managing water quality, natural habitats, food security, and sustainable livelihoods.
It’s the kind of monumental aspiration the UN is great at articulating but horrible at achieving – until you stop to consider that this “shift” actually reflects what’s already happening in the voluntary carbon markets, and it’s being led by foresters, farmers, and project developers. The question is whether the landscape paradigm will simply be a guiding vision for REDD, or the foundation for a much broader unification of environmental finance.
Our headline article this month,
In this month’s Water Log, we also have a number of stories on Chinese natural infrastructure investments (known in-country as “eco-compensation”), including a
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