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Diverse Stakeholders Convene to Accelerate Public, Private Investments in the Environment and Climate Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  | Washington, D.C. More than 250 business leaders, environmental advocates, and government officials from throughout the United States and more than a dozen foreign countries will meet in Washington D.C. this week for the first Environmental Markets and Finance Summit.  The focus of the summit is the acceleration of public and private […]

ADVISORY Forests

ADVISORY: Despite National Ban, the Cambodian Exports of Timber into Vietnam continues – Propelled by Provincial Authorities

Significant volumes of logs and sawn wood continue to be exported from Cambodia to Vietnam, despite a ban on these exports by the Cambodian government since 1996 and numerous commitments from both countries to crack down on illegal trade, according to a new publication in Political Geography authored by Forest Trends’ Phuc Xuan To and […]

FT IN THE NEWS Forests

Frontier: Peace process must address natural resources governance: Forest Trends

YANGON — It is “paramount” that ceasefire and peace negotiations in Myanmar directly address the governance of natural resources that are the backbone of the economy, warns a new report by non-profit organisation Forest Trends. Natural resources, including timber, gems, oil and gas, and hydropower, generate billions of dollars each year and are inextricably linked to […]

RELEASE Forests

Myanmar’s peace process stuck on lack of resource governance reforms, but federal decentralization provides a path forward

For Immediate Release | Washington, DC and Yangon, Myanmar Myanmar’s peace process has been effectively stalled, with little meaningful progress reported from negotiations between the Union Government of Myanmar (UGoM) and ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) who are party to the peace process. Central to this impasse is a fundamental disagreement on how to achieve federal decentralization […]

FT IN THE NEWS Climate

Euromoney: It’s Time to Revisit Carbon Markets

Carbon markets, particularly offsets, are shaking off their past and becoming a vital instrument for reaching CO2 reduction goals, protecting and conserving biodiversity at scale, as well as meeting many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They need to succeed.

FT IN THE NEWS Forests

Graphic Online: Weak law enforcement still a challenge in curbing exploitative labour practices

Weak enforcement continues to undermine efforts to tackle exploitative labour practices in the forestry sector. Despite an elaborate constitution and other laws that meet international requirements, Ghana’s lack of effective regulation enforcement impedes sustainable agricultural production at the national and international level.

ADVISORY Climate Communities Forests

We End Forest Loss in the Amazon through Investment in the Indigenous Frontline

The Amazon is burning again, and has been for years – largely because of small farmers and land speculators clearing land to graze cattle or grow soybeans. As a result, the region is dangerously close to the point of no return. A relatively small increase in deforestation could cause the entire Amazon to “flip” to […]

FT IN THE NEWS Forests

World Economic Forum: Pope Francis is visiting Africa to discuss climate change, poverty and corruption

Pope Francis leaves on Wednesday for Africa, where poverty, the environment, foreign exploitation of resources and corruption are expected to be high on his agenda as he visits the continent where Catholicism is growing fast. He will spend most of the Sept. 4-10 trip in Mozambique and Madagascar and briefly visit Mauritius at the end.

FT IN THE NEWS Agriculture Forests

HuffPost: The Entire Global Economy Is Complicit In The Destruction Of The Amazon

Name any fast-food restaurant, personal care product or home good you have bought recently, and chances are it contributed to the deforestation of the Amazon. Now name a big bank ― any big bank, really. More than likely it has helped finance that destruction.

FT IN THE NEWS Water

El Comercio: Una técnica preinca de hace 1.400 años podría ayudar a que Lima tenga más reservas de agua

“No podían construir grandes represas ni conocían las avanzadas técnicas de ingeniería que en la actualidad poseemos; sin embargo, los pobladores del antiguo Perú desarrollaron un sistema hidráulico que les permitió manejar los riesgos de sequía en climas extremos. Los mismos que hoy podrían ayudar a mejorar el suministro de agua de la capital.”

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