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Forests and climate: Recommended reading

MEP letter on a robust effort sharing decision

On 20 July, the European Commission will make its proposal on how to integrate emissions from land and forests (LULUCF) into the climate and energy package.

However, this has not stopped the Environment Committee in the European Parliament from already forming an opinion.

In a sign of strong political unity, environment coordinators from all seven political parties wrote to Vice-President Katainen, Vice-President Šefčovič, Commissioner Arias Cañete and Commissioner Hogan with the message that “LULUCF cannot compensate for man-made emissions and…should not be used to delay the much needed low carbon transition.”

The MEPs also state that “annual compliance checks must be kept in place and not be replaced by 5-yearly compliance cycles in the ESD” since otherwise “the EU would effectively only know in 2027 whether Member States are on track to 2030.”

Civil society warns that negotiations not progressing on saving forests

A press release from the Accra Caucus outlining disappointment over the outcomes of climate negotiations in Tianjin, China, and worries about the dangers of a bad forest deal being agreed at the next United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Cancun.

CAN presentation in Accra

Formal presentation by Climate Action Network to the UNFCCC conference in Accra, August 2008
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Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate

Principles and Processes for REDD as adopted by an ad hoc coalition of NGOs and IPOs in Accra, during the UNFCCC meeting in Ausgust 2008
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CAN Principles for REDD

Principles for REDD as developed and adopted by the Climate Action Network (CAN) and presented at UNFCCC meeting in Accra, August 2008
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Congo Basin NGO Declaration on Forests and Climate

Presented at UNFCCC meeting in Accra, August 2008

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Measuring transnational leakage of forest conservation

An article published in Elsevier Journal Ecological Economics on 'Measuring transnational leakage of forest conservation' by  Jianbang Gana, Bruce A. McCarlb.

Forest conservation in one country can influence the degree of conservation or deforestation in other countries because of international linkages of the forest products industry and markets and a lack of global coordination. Thus leakage and offsetting losses of environmental quality may be present. The authors find that the magnitude of leakage depends upon the price elasticities of supply of anddemand for forestry products across the countries and degree of cooperation in forest conservation. We estimate that a significant portion (42%–95%) of the reduced forestry production implemented in a country/region can be transferred to elsewhere, offsetting environmental gains. 
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How the EU Governance Regulation can help achieve negative emissions

This briefing explains that there is effectively only one realistic and sustainable way to remove large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere (negative emissions): forests.

Forests and climate will suffer from Council’s decision

EU Environment ministers today bowed to pressure from a small nucleus of nations led by Finland, and opted for damaging new carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This press release explains why this matters for the climate and explains the history of the negotiations in a nutshell.

MEPs fail dismally on forests and climate

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have undermined the EU’s fight against climate change and reversed years of painstaking work by scientists, campaigners and others by voting for a last-minute amendment on how EU nations account for emissions from their land and forests sector – the so-called LULUCF Regulation. This press release explains the damage their vote will do to climate ambition and bioenergy legislation.

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Białowieża forest struggle is symptomatic of a greater ill


As Polish authorities disregard national protests and international pressure to stop logging, activists face increasing hostility in order to protect Białowieża, Europe’s last primeval forest. Activists estimate that 600-900 trees are felled daily.

EU’s Environment Committee recognises role of forests in fighting climate change but fails on bioenergy

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee today voted to increase removals of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by forests from 2030 onwards, recognising the important role that EU fore