In this press release, NGOs from all continents voice their concern over draft rules on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) finalised in Durban for the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The NGOs claim that the draft rules would allow governments to set their own reporting guidelines for social and environmental safeguards, as well as to propose their own reference levels against which to determine emission reductions from deforestation.
- Transparency and Accounting: Way to go...
- The LBA who?
- European Parliament supports sustainable public procurement
- MTCS: So that’s that. At last.
- Biomass must be led by supply not demand
- FLEGT and VPA update
Presentations from "Biomass and resource efficiency: The need for a supply-led approach to forest productivity"
“Measures are needed to ensure use of forest products is not guided by unregulated demand, but by what forests can sustainably supply,” this was one of the conclusions of the "Biomass and Resource Efficiency" event attended by more than 70 people at the European Parliament. It was organised by FERN, ClientEarth, the Greens and Grupo PPE.
This short article by Saskia Ozinga for Bridges Trade and Environment Review looks at EU forestry partnerships. The article states that with the voluntary partnership agreements with timber producing countries, the EU has established a new trade mechanism set to steer countries towards sustainable forestry practices. The comprehensive approach taken to good governance has yielded positive societal and environmental outcomes. Current initiatives under the climate regimes focusing more narrowly on forest carbon threaten to undo some of these.