This report analyses eight Readiness Preparedness Plans (RPPs) submitted to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and reviews FCPF documents and policy debates. It finds that rather than strengthening and implementing the Bank’s safeguards, the FCPF has created a dense set of guidelines that water down existing policies and obfuscate minimum standards.
- Smoke and Mirrors: The World Bank fails the world’s forests and peoples. Again.
- EU ETS: Much toil and trouble, few reductions
- Swedes mark year of forests by logging old-growth woodlands
- Forest energy production decreases carbon storage
- Greater attention to role of urban forests is needed
A letter to the UK treasury, the Department for International Development, the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs and, the Department for Energy and Climate Change. It outlines NGOs support for the EU FLEGT Programme, including the EU illegal timber regulation, which will become operational next year, and the focus on governance through ‘Voluntary Partnership Agreements’.
Submission to UN consultation on new market-based mechanisms to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and promote, mitigation actions
This submission concludes that the EU ETS and the Kyoto Protocol’s carbon trading schemes have been designed to fail: they assume the contribution of carbon permits and offset credits to limiting greenhouse gas emissions to a verifiable target to be the same, when in reality they are not because calculation of offsets depends on unverifiable hypothetical baselines from which offset volumes are calculated.
- Commission’s ‘Buying Social’ guide disappoints
- Greater ECA accountability needed – but how?
- Emissions from land use: count them or reduce them?
- Dutch Government rightly wary of MTCS
- Paper dispute: Court finds against Italian NGO
- UK marks year of forests by selling theirs
New European Commission’s “Buying Social” guide: a giant step for the EC, a small step for sustainable procurement
A press release by a network of trade unions and social and sustainable development organisations commenting on the European Commission's launch of the long-awaited “Buying social: a guide to take account of social considerations in public procurement”. The signatories considers that the guide fails to reflect the true potential of public procurement as an instrument in support of social and sustainable development objectives. Much more is needed if the EU and Member States are to live up to the EU Treaty commitments and international obligations in this field.