As the world’s largest archipelagic state, Indonesia has great potential to earn carbon credits to protect its endangered mangroves and seagrass – which now store around 17% of global “blue carbon”.
Indonesia’s REDD+ program triggered an improvement in the country forest policies, yet it still struggles to meet the intended ‘transformational change’.
Brazil, home to the Amazon rainforest and a notable absence in previous deforestation agreements, has signed this time.
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World leaders are slowly learning from decades of failure on tropical forest conservation.
REDD+ goals suffer at the hands of other development aims.
Conservation and development scheme REDD+ has manifested as a series of models, which increases its perceived success and enables it to continue despite not delivering on its wide-reaching promises.
Freshwater cypress swamp, First Landing State Park, Va.
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Wetlands are some of the world’s most undervalued weapons against climate change. They store huge quantities of carbon – but without better protection, many could soon be drained or paved over.
It’s crucial to know the relationship between biodiversity and carbon storage to assess whether carbon-focused conservation will also protect the most biodiverse forests.
When communities feel alienated, they are less motivated to join conservation effort.
Unless they trust climate change programmes, communities will continue to plunder forests rendering such interventions redundant.
An industrial pulp-wood plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia.
From drought to economic slowdown, 2016 promises a mixed bag for the world’s forests.
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The climate agreement is littered with references to a whole range of new and expanded market-based tools.
Lemurs in danger… can international climate policy come to the rescue?
Conservation won’t be successful unless we work with people living at the forest edge.
The latest climate talks in Bonn, Germany, unexpectedly agreed to a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.
The mid year Bonn negotiations for the proposed new global agreement to tackle climate change have just concluded. They will be finalised at the end of the year in Paris. What progress is being made? What are the challenging issues that may end up being a focus of negotiations in Paris? What does the roadmap from here look like?
At the recent UN Climate Summit governments, business and NGOs vowed to stop deforestation by 2030.
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At the recent UN Climate Summit in New York there was little in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests. Some…
Indonesia enacts a moratorium on new permits to clear forests but gives exemptions to mining and palm oil companies.
This week’s United Nations Climate Summit produced the New York Declaration on Forests. It promises to halt deforestation, one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions, by 2030. Indonesia…
Using tree measurements by Papua New Guinean villagers such as Daniel and Jackson, scientists can estimate that this tree stores about one tonne of carbon in its trunk and branches.
While hugging a tree sounds relaxing, it’s harder than you might think - especially when the tree is 20 storeys high and 3 metres wide, it’s hot as hell, and you’re swatting away swarms of sweat bugs…