Blue Carbon and the New Scramble for Africa’s Forests
Blue Carbon LLC, a private company based in Dubai, is finalising deals with at least six African countries to acquire huge swathes of their forests to harvest carbon credits. Although the deals are shrouded in secrecy, it appears that at least 25 million hectares of forests – an area larger than the UK – may be handed to Blue Carbon.
European wood pellet markets shrunk in 2022, industrial demand remains low in 2023
Electricity produced by burning wood pellets decreased in absolute terms for the first time in 2022, while wind and solar rose.
Driven by EU policy and strong national incentives for both industrial and residential use, the...
The Scramble for Africa’s Forests
A vast carve up of Africa’s forests is underway in the name of protecting the planet. Those opposing this carbon colonialism must stand firm, says Alexandra Benjamin.
Commission resists efforts to sabotage Forest Monitoring Law - but only binding commitments will make it work
The European Commission’s proposal for a forest monitoring law, which was published today, is a commendable attempt to tackle the grave challenges facing European forests - yet does not require Member States to act on the data they will be required to gather on the state of their forests.
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Why we can’t allow the EU-Republic of Congo forest partnership to lose momentum
In 2013, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the government of the Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) entered into force, with the aim of addressing problems related to forest governance and illegal...
EU Deforestation Regulation implementation must work for small-scale farmers
The EU Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) has the potential to not only halt worldwide deforestation, but also strengthen small-scale farmers’ rights and improve their livelihoods.
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A catastrophe foretold: Nickel-mining in Indonesia, where mining interests hold all the cards
The EU cannot be complicit in the destruction linked to nickel-mining as Free Trade and Critical Raw Materials talks go forward
A disappointing Three Basins Summit fails to create a forward-looking alliance
A meeting of representatives from the Amazon, the Congo and the Borneo-Mekong seemed to adopt more loopholes than actions.
EU’s Carbon Removal Certification Framework endorsement of offsetting and bioenergy dooms it to failure
Despite reams of evidence against offsets and Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage, the Parliament’s Environment Committee would not be dissuaded from either.