Publications & Insight
Why carbon markets will not deliver for Southern governments, forests and people
Many governments believe that carbon trading will provide substantial funding to protect or sustainably manage forests in their countries via proposed schemes to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). This...
An end to forest offsets
This manual was put together by the partners of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership “Forests and climate protection – merging topics in environmental education”. It provides background information for developing new approaches in...
Designed to fail? The concepts, practices and controversies behind carbon trading.
Carbon trading has become the central pillar of international efforts to halt climate change. It is a term that most people will recognise, but far fewer will have a good understanding of what it means and how it is supposed to...
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...
Trading carbon: how it works and why it is controversial
In the drive to tackle climate change, carbon trading has become the policy instrument of choice among governments. It is also a central element of the UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol. National or regional carbon trading schemes are now...
Why Congo Basin countries stand to lose out from a market based REDD
This briefing paper unravels the implications of setting a historical baseline with a correction factor for low deforestation countries. It also explains why carbon markets are unlikely to raise the anticipated funds for forest...
Counting the cost: forest credits and their effect on carbon markets
A short briefing note looking at research into the impact of trading forest carbon credits on carbon markets, and the subsequent effect on forests and the climate.
An overview of selected REDD proposals
This report describes the different country proposals on the table to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in the lead up to a forest climate agreement to be agreed by the UNFCCC in December 2009. It...
Seeing RED; avoided deforestation and rights issues
This briefing explains why the UNFCC Conference in Bali (December 2007) needs to answer certain important questions related to forest governance and forest peoples' rights before negotiating a post-2012 climate agreement that may...