What is a successful REDD project? How many are there? Some questions for Steve Zwick, Managing Editor of Ecosystem Marketplace

Earlier this month, the Heinrich Böll Foundation published a report written by Jutta Kill that looks at two early forest carbon offset projects in Brazil. The report is critical and documents the ongoing consequences of the projects for communities living in the area of the projects.

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Leaders of the Paiter Suruí ask that the carbon project with Natura be terminated

porantimThe Paiter-Suruí REDD project in Brazil is often held up as a successful indigenous-led REDD project. In December 2014, REDD-Monitor published an English translation of an interview by CIMI (the Indigenous Missionary Council) with Henrique Suruí in which he gives a completely different opinion of the project.

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Response from Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace, to CIMI’s interview with Henrique Suruí: “Indigenous Leaders Call Foul On Once-Revered Catholic Organization”

On 17 December 2014, REDD-Monitor posted an interview with Henrique Suruí about the Paiter-Suruí REDD project in Brazil. The interview was carried out by CIMI, the Indigenous Missionary Council, and was first published in the most recent issue of its magazine, Porantim.

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“What are projects for that destroy life?” Interview with Henrique Suruí about the Paiter-Suruí REDD project, Brazil

porantimIn 2007, Almir Narayamoga Suruí travelled from his home in the Brazilian rainforest to the USA. He met Beto Borges of Forest Trends. Borges told Almir that he could earn money by planting trees, protecting forests and selling carbon credits. The Paiter-Suruí REDD project was conceived.

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Pablo Solón on COP20 draft text: “The carbon market is a mechanism to keep polluting if you’re able to pay”

On Monday, 8 December 2014, at 6.30 am in Lima, the UNFCCC released two draft negotiating texts – “Elements for a draft negotiating text” and “Draft text v1″. These are the first drafts of texts that the UNFCCC hopes to negotiate into a protocol at COP21 in Paris in one year’s time.

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A cautionary tale about carbon credits, involving Eco Business Management, Eco Asian Consulting, SJL Risk and Abacus Advisory. Oh, and Montague Pitman, Carbon Neutral Investments, MH Carbon and Eco-Synergies

Like many other people who were tricked into buying carbon credits as investments, Craig Jamieson found out too late that the carbon credits are near-worthless. He wants to publicise what happened to prevent others from being taken in and in the hope of getting justice.

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Military clearing of community forests in Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia (photos)

“The Oddar Meanchey REDD project model is centered on local people’s participation in forest management,” said Ty Sokhun, head of Cambodia’s Forestry Administration in 2009. Five years later logging is rampant in the project area. Local people and the project developers are powerless to stop it. The Cambodian government does not seem interested.

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