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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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Most recent publications

One step forward, two steps back for EU on climate and forests

Today, the European Parliament took one step forward and two steps back for the climate and forests.

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On a positive front, the Environment Committee voted to strengthen the EU’s climate target for the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) - which covers the agriculture, waste, buildings and transport sectors - by reducing the amount of ‘LULUCF offsets’ they had access to by 90 million tons of CO2.

‘Climate heroes’ lobby for forest rules that could break the Paris Agreement

The fight against global warming is being threatened by countries renowned for their green credentials, according to the new website set up by a group of environmental NGOs.

Climate Action in the Land Sector: Treading carefully

This policy brief explains how and why Post-Paris climate negotiations can and should build effective climate action, without threatening human rights and natural ecosystems.

Arctic Limits: How Finland’s forest policies threaten the Sámi and the climate

Finland is a test case in the fight against climate change. As the world edges closer to breaching the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees, forests have become increasingly important in discussions around how to battle climate change. Yet accounting for emissions from the forests sector is devilishly complex and riddled with loopholes.

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Blog: Analysis of draft LULUCF reports

By Hannah Mowat

The recently-published draft reports of the Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) regulation give an indication of which direction the different committees’ rapporteurs would like to take the file. Here we offer a quick overview of the main highlights and lowlights: