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Forests Investments

Myanmar Must Clarify the Legal Framework for Its State-Owned Economic Enterprises

By Forest Trends

State-owned Economic Enterprises (SEEs) dominate Myanmar’s economy. They are reportedly responsible for 7% of GDP, and generate at least one-fifth of government revenue from extractive sectors alone. Yet, they operate “simultaneously within a sparse legal framework and a vast bureaucracy …lack[ing] supervision,” and the institutions meant to provide oversight “are largely unable to provide substantive accountability.”  […]

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Forests

Towards Timber Import Provisions In Thailand

By Marigold Norman & Jade Saunders

As Thailand positions itself an export-focused manufacturer, maintaining access to markets will increasingly require efforts to verify that all timber in its products (both imported and domestically produced) is legal. Regulations to tackle the trade in illegal wood have now been operational across the European Union (through the EU Timber Regulation or EUTR), in the[…]

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Agriculture

Targeting Zero Deforestation

Company Progress on Commitments That Count, 2019

By Philip Rothrock and Laura Weatherer

A Collaborative Analysis between Forest Trends and Ceres, Based on Supply Change Data It’s been nearly a decade since the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), an industry association comprised of roughly 400 companies, passed a resolution to achieve Zero Net Deforestation in the “big four” commodity supply chains responsible for the bulk of […]

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Investments

Harnessing Private Investor ‘Willingness-to-Pay’ for Climate Change Mitigation

A Mechanism to Co-fund Public Commitments to Achieve the Goals of the Paris Agreement

By Rupert Edwards

Private investors currently have little opportunity to deploy investment capital on concessionary terms for climate impact. This paper proposes that a significant percentage of social responsible investment (SRI), impact, and many mainstream investors would be willing to pay a modest donation on the nominal value of their investment portfolios in order to support climate change[…]

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Agriculture Forests

Tackling Deforestation and the Trade in Forest Risk Commodities: Consumer-Country Measures and the ‘Legality Approach’

By Duncan Brack

The world continues to lose forests at an unsustainable rate. Deforestation contributes to climate change, degrades local environments, destroys habitats and biodiversity, and impoverishes forest communities and indigenous peoples. A significant proportion of this forest clearance has been illegal. This brief proposes a “legality approach” – an attempt to reduce the level of illegal behavior […]

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Agriculture Investments Water

Evaluating Potential for Water Transfer Markets in the US Southeast

By Genevieve Bennett, Johnwilliam Carroll, Melissa Gallant, and Kelley Hamrick

Every few years, the Southeast US experiences a major drought – the most recent occurring in 2016, when soil moisture reached the 2nd lowest ever recorded between October to November.1 During these times, the increased frequency of above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall during the growing season can result in major agricultural impacts, including: row-crop losses[…]

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Climate Communities

The Surui Forest Carbon Project

A Case Study

By Steve Zwick

Indigenous people have contributed less to climate change than has any other segment of the population, yet they are among those most vulnerable to its impacts. At the same time, agriculture and forestry generate roughly 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, while traditional land-management practices, such as agroforestry and permaculture, can dramatically improve the […]

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Climate Communities Forests

Control y Vigilancia Territorial Indígena en América Latina: Reflexiones, buenas prácticas y desafíos

En América Latina se encuentra la mitad de los bosques tropicales del mundo, y una cuarta parte de estos se ubican en los territorios de comunidades y pueblos indígenas formando parte de su identidad y medios de vida. Estos pueblos y comunidades a través de la implementación de mecanismos de control y vigilancia desarrollados en[…]

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Forests

Regulating the Trade in Illegal Timber: Republic of Korea Update

State of Play October 2018

By Jade Saunders and Marigold Norman

In August 2018, the Government of the Republic of Korea released national Detailed Standards for Determining the Legality of Imported Timber and Timber Products to support implementation of the Revised Act on the Sustainable Use of Timbers.  The Act mandates that all companies comply with these implementing standards starting October 1, 2018. The implementing standards […]

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불법 목재교역 제한 : 한국 업데이트

By Jade Saunders and Marigold Norman
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Investments

Screening New Market Opportunities for Sustainably Managed State, Private and Tribal Working Forests

By Genevieve Bennett and Melissa Gallant

Sustainably managed working forests provide not just wood and fiber, but a range of other benefits: clean water, wildlife habitat, carbon storage, flood protection, recreational and cultural values, and more. Scaling up investments in sustainable forest management can generate financial returns for good stewardship of these multiple conservation values. The United States Forest Service (USFS) […]