Thursday, March 31, 2011

Policy Nominations for Visionary Forest Policies

This is an interesting article on nominations for Visionary Forest Policies, an award by the World Future Council. The article at the bottom provides a link to 19 nominated policies from around the world, including the US 2008 Lacey Act, Aceh's 2007 Logging Moratorium, and Brazil's 2008 law authorizing the Amazon Fund (among many others).

Monday, March 21, 2011

FIELD's REDD+ Negotiations Guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist developing country negotiators and others who are working on REDD-plus*.

FIELD provides this information on a neutral, non partisan basis. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Electronic versions can be found at

This is an updated version (February 2011) of the guide that was released in October 2010.

REDD-plus is a very complicated issue. It is complicated technically. It is complicated politically. Although many countries are interested in reaching agreement on REDD-plus they also have different priorities and different views on key issues in the negotiations.

The negotiations on REDD-plus have complicated links with several other issues that are also under negotiation, which can make it difficult to maintain an overview and keep up with the implications of different proposals.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cancun Agreements text formalized by UNFCCC

The Cancun Agreements text has been converted to an official document (FCCC/CP/2010/7/Add.1).

Friday, March 11, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

TFG report calls for new UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism

TFG released a report calling for a new UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism. The brief 10-page report can be downloaded from TFG's home page or from the link in the blog title.

The report has the following sections:

Executive Summary

Context & Justification for Creating a New UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism

Key Components of a UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism

Annex on Key REDD+ Developments Outside the UNFCCC Process

Saturday, March 5, 2011

NYT reporting US House cuts REDD+, adaptation, clean tech & IPCC funding

NYT is reporting the US House of Representatives has cut the administration's FY 2011 request for climate change programs run by the world bank to $0. These cuts include:
$95m for REDD
$400 m for clean tech
$90 for adaptation.

The White House request for supporting the IPCC was also cut from $2.3 million to $0.