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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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Most recent publications

Return of the trees

By Fred Pearce

To have a fair chance of limiting global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, it will be necessary to remove at least 500 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. The best way to do this is to work with local communities to restore degraded forest ecosystems. As this report shows, this is entirely possible. 

It must, however, go hand in hand with halting forest loss and reducing fossil fuel consumption. Not instead of. Governments around the world have made pledges such as the Bonn Challenge to support restoration and reforestation projects, but even if the Bonn challenge is successful it would only remove 50 billion tonnes, 10 per cent of what is needed.

Community-led forest restoration helps fight climate change

December 19, 2017 (Brussels) - Restoring natural biologically diverse forests could remove 500 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, making a significant impact in the fight agai

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How the Fiji UN climate summit affects forests

Kate Dooley was in Bonn, tracking the developments in the UN climate summit. She has written this overview of the talks from a forests perspective for Fern. 

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While climate change wreaks havoc, airlines hide plans to double emissions behind a widely discredited scheme.

By Julia Christian

In Bonn last month delegates from around the world discussed how to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement  – which aims to tackle the greatest threat currently facing the planet.

At exactly the same time almost 6,000 kilometres away in Montreal, representatives from the global aviation industry were hell-bent on undermining the Agreement’s aims.

The absurd scenario simultaneously playing out in different meeting rooms on different continents can be traced back to the 1997 climate talks in Kyoto.

Unearned credit: Why aviation industry forest offsets are doomed to fail

Unlike other sectors, international aviation is not included in 2015’s Paris Agreement. This has allowed aviation to lag behind other sectors when it comes to reducing emissions.

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Airlines’ ‘action’ on climate change means doubling emissions

This press release exposes the flaws in the airline industry’s plans to offset its carbon emissions. It is also available in German.

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