The New York Declaration on Forests: An agreement to continue deforestation until 2030

By signing the New York Declaration on Forests, which was announced this week during the UN Climate Summit, governments, companies, civil society and indigenous organisations have endorsed “a global timeline to cut natural forest loss in half by 2020, and [will] strive to end it by 2030″.

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Rio Branco Declaration: Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force states and provinces “have received very little financial support”

Governors from 22 states have signed the Rio Branco Declaration, committing to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020. If they receive a guarantee of “adequate, sufficient, and long‐term performance‐based funding”, that is.

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Protest against California Governor Jerry Brown: “REDD is bad for the climate, bad for the environment, bad for Californians, bad for human rights and bad for the economy”

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Last week, more than 60 activists protested outside the Le Parc Hotel in San Francisco against the presentation of Blue Green Alliance’s Right Stuff Award to governor Jerry Brown. Brown did not turn up to accept the award.

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Opposition to REDD in California’s cap-and-trade scheme continues

The debate about whether REDD credits should be included in California’s cap-and-trade scheme continues. This week, a group of social and environmental NGOs wrote to Jerry Brown, California’s governor, opposing REDD and requesting a meeting with Brown and Mary D. Nichols, the Chair of the California Air Resources Board.

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BluForest Inc: “Creating a sustainable, profitable business that protects the world’s irreplaceable rainforests.” Really?

BluForest describes itself as “a publicly traded carbon offsets marketing company that is setting a new standard for sustainable business in carbon offset credit trading.” BluForest owns 135,000 hectares of forest in Ecuador, “from which it will generate tradable carbon credits”.

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Corruption in Tanzania: President’s men took over, Norwegian aid money disappeared

In February 2013, Siri Gedde-Dahl, a journalist with Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper, investigated corruption in a REDD project in Tanzania funded by Norway. In a recent Aftenposten article, Gedde-Dahl reports that Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, the Tanzanian NGO that was running the project, has collapsed.

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