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Climate Forests Investments

Converging at the Crossroads

State of Forest Carbon Finance 2015

By Allie Goldstein, Evan Neyland
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Companies and governments around the world committed US$705 million in new finance in 2014 to enhance the role of forests in combating climate change, according to a report released this week by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, Converging at the Crossroads: State of Forest Carbon Finance in 2015.

Over the last decade, private and public sector actors have provided a cumulative $5.1 billion to initiatives that aim to keep threatened forests standing, promote carbon-conscious land management, and plant new trees. But last year marked the first time that market-based payments for verified emissions reductions – a record-high $257 million for 34.4 million tonnes of offset greenhouse gases – exceeded the $229 million in new “readiness” payments intended to help tropical forest countries build capacity to halt deforestation under the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) mechanism.

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

Historical Market-Based Payments for Forest-Based Emissions Reductions: Transaction
Volumes and Values

Volume of Demand for Forest Carbon Offsets by Project Type, All Markets, Historical

Powerpoint Presentation Given at Launch Webinar (presented by Allie Goldstein)

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DONORS, SPONSORS, AND SUPPORTERS

The State of Forest Carbon Finance 2015 is publicly and freely available thanks to support from the report’s Donors: Good Energies Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Sponsor New Forests; and its Supporters: Code REDD, the Kinship Foundation, and South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd.

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