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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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Forest restoration - Our secret weapon for achieving the Paris Agreement targets

To reach the Paris Agreement temperature target of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees we must preserve and restore forests. On 16 November 2017 our event looked at how forest restoration can be undertaken in a way that protects local people’s rights and consider ways to mobilise finances for protection and restoration.

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

Will carbon markets ever deliver for southern government, forests and people?

This statement, endorsed by 57 prominent human rights and environmental organisations from Europe, Africa, Asia,and North America, argues that carbon markets will never deliver for southern governments, forests or people.

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Comment on the COP21 - a forest perspective

Forests barely feature in the draft text, but runaway climate change could devastate the forests which more than a billion people directly rely on for their survival. Forests also play a crucial role in regulating the climate. Whichever way you look at it, the outcome of the Paris agreement is also an outcome for forests.
Kate Dooley  is in Paris, tracking the developments in the UN climate summit. She has written this overview of the talks from a forests perspective for Fern. Check back later in the  week for  further perspectives from Kate and other contributors.

Civil Society supports growing rejection of carbon trading to finance REDD

A press release by FERN, Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Foundation UK outlining the key questions that need to be answered before a new UN mechanism to address deforestation can be finalised. The concerns they raise in Cancun include the lack of safeguards needed to guarantee rights for indigenous peoples and protection of natural forests, and how money for REDD will be mobilised.

A red light for REDD

UNFCCC decision on REDD poised to undermine rights and increase conflict in forested areas. International NGOs call for a halt to REDD+1 until guarantees can be made that indigenous rights can be respected, it will not be funded by carbon trading and funds will not be diverted to logging and agribusiness.

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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.

Forestwatch Issue 152 September 2010

  • Biofuel landscape changing, but will ILUC be taken into account?
  • Another land case won in Sarawak
  • Carbon trading explained
  • Small improvements in draft Ecolabel criteria
  • World Bank palm oil strategy “reckless”
  • REDD+ Partnership’s chaotic, intransparent process
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NGO submission to the co-chairs of the interim REDD+ partnership

On August 21 2010, the Interim REDD+ Partnership, an initiative developed by France and Norway to move REDD ahead in the absence of an international agreement, circulated a draft workplan. The plan arose out of a process that has largely excluded civil society and indigenous peoples. Stakeholders have been effectively excluded from recent meetings of the Partnership, through either last minute invitations, or closed meetings.