REDD+ describes efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stock. Defining and agreeing such efforts has been part of United Nations climate discussions for years and has proven to be extremely controversial. The most glaring concerns are how to ensure REDD+ doesn’t support conservation efforts where forest communities are thrown out of the forests they have protected for generations; and how to ensure that projects to protect forests do not distract from the need to change carbon intensive energy and transport industries.
Here’s how CAFI’s $65 million can help save Congo’s forests
On 3 September 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron (on behalf of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), as France holds this year’s presidency) and President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo signed a ground-...
Cheating the climate: the problems with aviation industry plans to offset emissions
The UN Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas does not cover emissions from international aviation. These are regulated by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has been tasked with adopting a proposal...
Comment on the COP21 - the end of negotiations draw near
Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgameAs the 21st UN Climate Conference reaches its final days in Paris, how is the outcome shaping up for forests? On Wednesday 9th December, the first text of the Draft Paris...