Piloting REDD safeguards principles
7 Aug 2011
Source: Daily Independent -- Nigeria has initiated pilot programmes on two related Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) strategies that seek to ensure that REDD activities do not have adverse impact on non-carbon interests.
Norway holds back REDD money to Indonesia
3 Aug 2011
Norway says Indonesia must fulfil further steps in their deforestation moratorium agreement before more aid money will flow...
New report exposes illegal timber trade from Laos to Vietnam
3 Aug 2011
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. EIA notes that the only [...]
ITTO Supports REDD+ Feasibility Study in Brazil
2 Aug 2011
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) signed an agreement with a Japanese company to conduct a feasibility study on REDD+ that will analyze the potential of obtaining forest carbon credits in the state of Acre in the western Brazilian Amazon.
UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Participation at the Oslo REDD+ Exchange
29 Jul 2011
The July 2011 issue of the UN-REDD Programme reports on national-level activities and regional workshops related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+).
Vietnamese military illegally plundering Laos' forests
28 Jul 2011
Dwindling forests in the Asian nation of Laos are being illegally destroyed and traded by Vietnamese companies with the Vietnamese army as one of the biggest players in this multi-million dollar smuggling operation, according to an investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). EIA agents went undercover as timber purchasers to discover a long trail of corruption and poor enforcement from the destruction of Laos forests to furniture factories in Vietnam to stores in the USA and...
Palm oil, paper drive large-scale destruction of Indonesia's forests, but account for diminishing role in economy, says report
27 Jul 2011
Indonesia's forests were cleared at a rate of 1.5 million hectares per year between 2000 and 2009, reports a new satellite-based assessment by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), an NGO. Expansion of oil palm and wood-pulp plantations were the biggest drivers of deforestation, yet account for a declining share of the national economy.
Two new REDD projects in Vietnam to be launched soon ...
27 Jul 2011
At the beginning of last year, the German Group Forest Finance launched a REDD forests over an area of 1250 ha. “The group will be investing a sum of ...forestindustries.eu/.../two-new-redd-projects-vietnam-be-launc...
Small-Scale Land Speculators Contribute To Amazon Deforestation
27 Jul 2011
The potential benefits of the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) carbon credit scheme – which would pay communities and countries to conserve forests – could be even more important than anyone thought, Canadell told ...See all stories on this topic »Eurasia Review
GEF Project on REDD+ in the Congo Basin Approved
26 Jul 2011
Source: IISD -- The World Bank approved a US$13 million project from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to strengthen the capacities of the Congo Basin countries on issues related to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) and forest carbon stocks measurements.