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26 November 2010 | Climate-change negotiators from around the world are on their way to Cancun, Mexico for the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which runs from Monday, 29 November, through Friday, 10 December.

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  • Published: Nov 27th, 2010
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Identifying the Nature of Land Tenure Conflicts

This Manual is based on Indonesian experience and its associated knowledge. The main objectives are:

1. To provide a practical introduction to the relationship between land tenure and land claims, whether we are talking about how land claim issues function as causal or aggravating factors in conflict, or whether we are thinking about land claims that arise in post-conflict settings.

2. To contribute towards the improvement of land tenure policies through a better understanding of land tenure systemdynamics and pluralism.

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Carbon risk in forestry investments

Activities within the forest sector are by nature more risky than most classic industrial activities.

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“REDD+ at project scale: Evaluation and Development Guide”

The “REDD+ at project scale: Evaluation and Development Guide” aims at supporting project promoters in developing REDD+ projects, and investors or funding agencies in their assessments of these projects. It offers insights into existing tools and key questions. On the basis of initial feedbacks from existing REDD+ projects and other more long-standing projects for natural resources management, the guide also deals with crucial aspects particularly the definition of project activities, legal and organisational issues and economic and financial assessments.

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Forest transitions, trade, and the global displacement of land use

Reducing tropical deforestation is an international priority, given its impacts on carbon emissions and biodiversity. We examined whether recent forest transitionsa shift from net deforestation to net reforestationinvolved a geographic displacement of forest clearing across countries through trade in agricultural and forest products.

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Interior West Forests on Verge of Becoming Net Carbon Emitter

Forests in the Interior West could soon flip from carbon sink to carbon source, forest experts say.

The region’s forests once absorbed and stored more carbon from the atmosphere than they released. But huge conflagrations — like the 138,000-acre Hayman Fire in Colorado in 2002 and the Yellowstone fires of 1988, which scorched 1.2 million acres — combined with a series of severe bark beetle infestations and disease outbreaks, have left large swaths of dead, decomposing trees in almost every major Western forest.

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Global Conference on Indigenous Women, Climate Change and REDD Plus in the Philippines

Seventy five indigenous women from 28 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Pacific and North America travelled to Manila this week for a two-day workshop to discuss the impacts of climate change and mitigation measures such as REDD-plus on their rights and roles as indigenous women.

In a statement from the meeting, the indigenous women note that REDD

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Communities fear government take-over of forests

As the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) mechanism intensifies operation in its pilot areas in Cross River State some residents in the communities are nursing

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  • Published: Nov 26th, 2010
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Emissions cuts wont hurt growth: Govt

The ongoing emissions cuts under reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) are unlikely to disrupt Indonesias efforts to reach its economic growth target of between 7 and 7.7 percent by 2014, a senior official says.

The statement came amid protests from businesspeople claiming the scheme could hurt them.

Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto said Wednesday that the government was reducing emissions by using proper principles of sustainable forest management.

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Zambians Building Carbon Exchange

Carbon finance can help rural Africans establish more sustainable ways of doing business, and several efforts are underway to build carbon exchanges that can help project developers identify prices and manage risk. These efforts will only generate meaningful change, however, if the rural poor understand carbon markets and how to access them. The African Carbon Credit Exchange aims to build that understanding.

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Keying Nigeria into $170b global carbon market

Global warming, an offshoot of the climate change phenomenon, is being gradually transformed from a threat of environmental doom to a promise of financial boom, thanks to the emerging universal trade in carbon credit, which analysts say is now worth a staggering $170 billion.

Observers are, however, worried that Nigeria is not doing enough towards positioning itself to adequately benefit from the largesse. Some believe that the nation has been schemed out of the lucrative business, which is meant to help promote reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission among the less-industrialised countries.

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Norway-Guyana forest aid slated for investment in hydro dam

The government of Guyana plans to spend most of the Norwegian forest climate aid it will receive during 2010-11 on the Amaila Falls hydropower project, a dam to be built deep in the Amazon rainforest. Norwegian officials insist this is not a done deal, but President Bharrat Jagdeo has staked much personal prestige in the decades-old project.

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Carbon project contributes to sustainable development of communities in ParanĂ¡

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Guaraquecaba project is an example of the REDD initiative that offers new alternatives for income generation

Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 17, 2010 -

Launched in 1999, the first project of carbon and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and degradation (REDD) in Brazil (a partnership between the NGO The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Society of Wildlife Research and Environmental Education (SPVS ) and American Electric Power, Chevron and General Motors) generates significant results for biodiversity conservation and local communities in providing alternative income generation and environmental education in the region where the projects are developed. They include environmental education, ecotourism, cultivation of native bees, among others. In the event of the 16th Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP 16), beginning on Jan. 29 in Cancun, Mexico, the theme REDD could return to the surface and this is an example of a project that addresses all the issues involved these discussions.

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EU May Allow Carbon Credits From Forestry to Fill Gap, BNP Trader Says

The European Union may allow use of emission credits from forest protection to help fill any gap from a ban of some industrial-gas credits, a banker at BNP Paribas SA said.

The EU carbon market may have room in its third phase, which runs from 2013 to 2020, for credits under a program known as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD, should the bloc restrict industrial-gas credits and adopt a tighter emission-reduction target for 2020, said Christian Del Valle, director of environmental markets and forestry at the Paris-based bank. The regions target is currently to cut emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels.

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  • Published: Nov 26th, 2010
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Mexico, USA and Brazil put ‘green’

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DAVIS, EU (Reuters) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed agreements with two regions of Mexico and Brazil to include pilot projects to protect tropical forests in the carbon market in the U.S. state, an official said of the US- .
“Our announcement is an agreement between the three governors, Schwarzenegger, the governor of Acre and the Chiapas- to really bring these states, projects of these states, to the carbon market and to hopefully provide a way for others follow, “said Secretary of the Agency for Environmental Protection in California, Linda Adams.

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The Accomplishments of the REDD+ Partnership: A Solid Foundation

The overarching objective of the REDD+ Partnership is monumental. As partners, we seek to slow, stop and reverse one of the most significant sources of carbon emissions and losses of biodiversity in the history of mankind! Thoughtfully designed, REDD+ can fulfill international objectives related to climate change, conservation, biodiversity preservation, sustainable livelihoods, and the REDD+ Partnership can be instrumental toward achieving these goals.

To succeed, the Partnership must catalyze action on finance, mitigation, adaptation, technology and capacity. Leadership will be required of both developed and developing countries.

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Enel, RWE Lobbying Delays EU Curbs on Carbon Offsets

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The European Unions effort to restrict imported carbon credits is dragging on because of

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Italy, energy firms stall EU carbon reform -critics

* Italy accused of acting against emissions trading reform

* Some energy firms trying to delay legislation-CDM Watch

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Italy and some energy firms are out to thwart efforts to restrict the use in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme of carbon credits from controversial projects to destroy industrial gases in developing countries, two green groups said.

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Kenyas carbon emissions control draft law out

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The government has drafted a Bill to fight off the destructive effects of climate change, enabling investors to earn money from the global carbon market by engaging in projects that reduce emission of carbon dioxide.

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  • Published: Nov 25th, 2010
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Turfgrass can reduce carbon footprint

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Fertilizer, pesticides, water use, and mowing lawns and sports fields require can lead to criticism by environmentalists. But these activities may be offset by the carbon absorbed by turf.

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UK Delays Carbon Reduction Scheme

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The UK government has announced changes to its proposed Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme after listening to concerns from the business community.

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US Australia and UAE top carbon emitters

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Australia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates have topped the list of carbon emitters.

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Navigating the American Carbon World

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Recognising sheep in the natural carbon cycle

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The Wool Carbon Alliance (WCA) has resolved to reset the carbon agenda and recognise the role sheep play in the natural carbon cycle, a role not properly recognised under current carbon accounting protocols.

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  • Published: Nov 25th, 2010
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Japan jumps into battle for forest carbon credits

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KALIMANTAN, Indonesia–The forests here, threatened by years of logging and slash-and-burn agriculture, are becoming a battleground where countries race to pick up potential future carbon credits to meet pledged emission caps.

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