Disagreement on REDD finance during the “stalemate” climate negotiations in Bonn

Disagreement on REDD finance during the stalemate climate negotiations in BonnLast year, emissions of carbon dioxide increased by 3.2% to 31.6 billion tonnes, according to figures released by the International Energy Agency. Fatih Birol, IEA’s chief economist told Reuters that, “[T]he trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius (towards the end of this century), which would have devastating consequences for the planet.”

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McKinsey’s bad influence on REDD is decreasing – at least in Papua New Guinea

McKinsey's bad influence on REDD is decreasing - at least in Papua New GuineaConsulting firm McKinsey has played a key role in pushing a version of REDD that underestimates the role of industrial logging and agriculture on forest destruction, while painting local communities as forest destroyers. McKinsey’s advice, if taken seriously, would have had serious implications for local livelihoods and would do little to reduce deforestation.

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“Bikpela bagarap”: New film about destructive logging in Papua New Guinea

Bikpela bagarap: New film about destructive logging in Papua New Guinea A new film produced by David Fedele documents the destruction caused by the logging industry in Sandaun Province, in Northwest Papua New Guinea. The film documents the social and environmental impacts of the logging. The Malaysian logging company, WTK Realty, makes large profits from the logging, but leaves serious problems for the local community.

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McKinsey’s advice on REDD is “fundamentally flawed” says Greenpeace

Yesterday, Greenpeace released a report titled, “Bad Influence: How McKinsey-inspired plans lead to rainforest destruction.” The report highlights how advice from McKinsey & Co., one of the world’s top consulting firms, will result in an increase in the destructive logging it is, in theory at least, supposed to prevent.

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UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination letter to PNG about Special Agricultural and Business Leases

SABLsIn the past 13 months, the government of Papua New Guinea has issued Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs) covering an area of 2.6 million hectares of land. The area of land so far handed over as SABLs totals 5.6 million hectares. Earlier this month the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination wrote to PNG’s UN Ambassador, Robert Aisi, expressing its concern about the SABLs.

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How Kevin Conrad dismissed NGO requests not to weaken safeguards in the REDD text in Cancun

How Kevin Conrad dismissed NGO requests not to weaken safeguards in the REDD text in CancunIn a post just before Christmas, I mentioned that Kevin Conrad “was busy in Cancun on Papua New Guinea’s behalf watering down safeguards in the REDD text.” A comment explained exactly how Conrad weakened the safeguards. What is perhaps even more interesting is the way Conrad dealt with a request from a Papua New Guinea NGO not to weaken the safeguards.

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How the REDD+ Partnership unravelled in Tianjin

How the REDD+ Partnership unravelled in Tianjin. PHOTO: IISDEven the most optimistic observers could not help noticing that the REDD+ Partnership became totally dysfunctional during last week’s UN climate meeting in Tianjin, China. The meetings were spent arguing about the agenda and civil society participation. By the end of the week, little or no progress had been made. The only important decision taken was to cancel the Partnership’s next meeting.

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