The Borneo Case: A new film about the destruction of Sarawak’s forests

2016-08-24-185851_1155x1026_scrotThe Borneo Case is a new film that documents the destruction of more than 90% of Sarawak’s forests and investigates where the profits from the destruction went. As the Bruno Manser Fund notes, “Vast illicit assets have been acquired by the former Chief Minister and current Governor of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, and his closest family members.”

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UN Human Rights Council review on Papua New Guinea: “Yet another wake up call that what is happening in PNG is a human rights catastrophe”

2016-05-13-151045_1217x1009_scrotIn recent years, Papua New Guinea has handed out 5.5 million hectares of land as Special Agriculture and Business Leases. In addition, the government has issued 10 million hectares in logging concessions. The totally predictable result has been an increase in deforestation, and serious human rights abuses.

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The Asian Development Bank on REDD: “Riddled with many complexities”

Indonesia fireA few weeks ago, REDD-Monitor took a look at how the Asian Development Bank appears to have changed its tune on REDD. In 2010, the ADB was promoting the region’s “huge potential to benefit from REDD+”, but by 2015 the ADB acknowledged the “considerable uncertainty about the actual contribution that REDD will make”.

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What does APP’s massive new pulp mill mean for the company’s “zero deforestation” policy?

APP concessionOn 5 February 2013, Asia Pulp and Paper announced a Forest Conservation Policy. This included an immediate stop to clearing forest in any concessions controlled by APP and its suppliers. It was a dramatic change in policy for a company that is responsible for destroying vast areas of forest in Indonesia.

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REDD myth no 3: To address climate change we have to reduce emissions from deforestation

Brazil forest fire“We have to reduce emissions from deforestation if we’re to prevent catastrophic climate change,” WWF argues on its website. At a first glance, it seems like a no-brainer. Forests store an awful lot of carbon. When forests are cleared for cattle ranching, or to make way for oil palm plantations, the carbon dioxide goes back into the atmosphere.

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How free trade agreements threaten to undermine conservation in Colombia

Colombia FTA and REDD“What we need is a new model of development for countries with tropical forests,” says Maria Claudia García, National Director of Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development in Colombia. According to Garcia, REDD is a “new vision”.

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“Insufficient attention to industrial logging”: Environmental Investigation Agency’s comments on DR Congo’s Emissions Reduction Programme Document

2016-03-10-143804_1680x1050_scrotIn mid-January 2016, the Democratic Republic of Congo submitted its revised Emission Reductions Programme Document (ER-PD) to the Carbon Fund of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The Environmental Investigation Agency has produced a report of “preliminary comments” on the ER-PD.

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Response from Siti Nurbaya, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry: The Norwegian Government has apologised for its environment minister’s statement about “slow progress” on deforestation

IndonesiaTwo days ago, REDD-Monitor wrote a post about a trip to Indonesia by Norway’s climate and environment minister, Vidar Helgesen. The trip took place in early February 2016, and Pilita Clark, a Financial Times journalist, accompanied Helgesen on his trip. In her article, Clark quoted Helgesen as saying, “We would obviously have hoped things would have progressed more quickly. We haven’t seen actual progress in reducing deforestation.”

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Norway admits that “We haven’t seen actual progress in reducing deforestation” in Indonesia

IndonesiaSix years ago, Norway and Indonesia signed a US$1 billion REDD deal. This week the Financial Times published an article about how the attempts to preserve Indonesia’s forests are going. The only good news is that in more than 3,800 words, Pilita Clark, the FT journalist, doesn’t mention REDD once.

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