Bad for the climate, risky for farmers, good for the World Bank: Andrew Steer’s proposal for “success in Durban”

Bad for the climate, risky for farmers, good for the World Bank: Andrew Steer's proposal for success in Durban

Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, was asked in June 2011 what he thought would make the upcoming UN climate meeting in Durban a success? His response provides a fascinating glimpse into how the world is utterly failing to deal with the coming climate catastrophe.

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World Bank’s Benoit Bosquet on REDD: “It’s probably good to take the time to get things right”

World Bank's Benoit Bosquet on REDD: It's probably good to take the time to get things right

The “ultimate goal is to jump-start a forest carbon market”, the World Bank announced in 2007, at the launch of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facitily. A “jump-start” is a way of starting a car with a flat battery. After four years of trying, perhaps it’s time to accept the fact that there’s no point jump-starting the forest carbon car when the wheels have fallen off.

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Can REDD save the Mabira forest in Uganda?

Can REDD save the Mabira forest in Uganda?

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, recently announced that he would allow the destruction of 7,100 hectares of the Mabira Forest to make way for sugarcane plantations. If REDD is to mean anything in Uganda, it has to provide some sort of mechanism for preventing this sort of destruction. So far, there is no sign that this is the case.

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New report exposes illegal timber trade from Laos to Vietnam

New report exposes illegal timber trade from Laos to Vietnam

A new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency confirms that logs from Laos continue to pour over the border into Vietnam feeding a booming furniture industry there, despite a ban on exports of unprocessed timber from Laos. This illegal trade has serious implications for REDD in both countries.

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NGO letter to Forest Carbon Partnership Facility highlights “Emerging Accountability Gap”

NGO letter to Forest Carbon Partnership Facility highlights Emerging Accountability Gap

A letter to the Participants Committee Members of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), signed by 32 NGOs from 11 countries, raises concern about a potential “significant weakening of safeguards” under the FCPF process. FCPF is considering allowing regional development banks and UNEP, UNDP and FAO to implement FCPF readiness grants – without applying World Bank safeguards.

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Mind the gap: Indigenous Peoples’ rights and REDD

Indigenous peoples' rights and REDD

The Forest Peoples Programme’s April 2011 ENewsletter starts with this sentence: “Closing the gap between international human rights law and realities on the ground is the most important challenge facing forest peoples.” This raises a question for REDD proponents: Is REDD helping to close the gap, or further widening it?

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“The black box is a problem for everybody.” Benoît Bosquet comments on McKinsey’s cost curves

Earlier this month, Greenpeace released a report slamming McKinsey’s work on REDD – in particular the McKinsey cost curve. On 14 April 2011, David Ritter, a Biodiversity Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, gave a presentation about McKinsey’s role in promoting deforestation (pdf file 85.4 KB) at the Civil Society Policy Forum of the Spring Meeting of the World Bank in Washington DC. The Bank’s reaction was fascinating.

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A wolf in sheep’s clothing: REDD questioned in Cross River State, Nigeria

REDD questioned in Cross River State, Nigeria

From 28 February to 2 March 2011, Green Concern for Development and Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Nigeria) organised a forum on Climate Change, REDD and Forest Dependent Community Rights in Cross River State, Nigeria. The forum allowed for a debate on different viewpoints on REDD – and allowed communities to respond to government officials.

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Missing the point: A response from the World Bank’s Benoît Bosquet about Cambodia’s REDD Readiness Preparation Proposal

Missing the point: A response from the World Bank's Benoît Bosquet about Cambodia's REDD Readiness Preparation Proposal

Benoît Bosquet, Coordinator of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) at the World Bank, has responded to REDD-Monitor’s questions for Jürgen Blaser, a reviewer on the World Bank’s FCPF Technical Advisory Panel. Blaser had quoted REDD-Monitor in a presentation at the recent Participants Committee meeting in Vietnam, giving the impression that REDD-Monitor supported the REDD readiness process in Cambodia.

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