The Paris Agreement required the 196 Parties to the UN Climate Convention to limit temperature increases to 2° or 1.5°C below preindustrial levels. While COP21 benefitted from a high degree of mobilization linked to the adoption of an international agreement, COP 22 on the other hand has received rather less attention. Yet the stakes remain significant. In its haste, COP 22, being called the “action COP” or the “agriculture COP”, is in danger of adopting various misguided solutions for agriculture. …
Life as Commerce
The Life as Commerce campaign analyzes and raises awareness of the social impacts of market-based conservation mechanisms such as:
- carbon trading (see also Incentives / selling our carbon / Carbon trade )
- gene trading (see also selling our genes / benefit sharing / SAN agreement )
- ecotourism (see also ecotourism / ecotourism as market-conservation scheme in India)
- biodiversity offsets
- certification (see also certified timber plantations , and the biofuel plantation horror show part 1 and part 2 )
- the sale of environmental services in general.
The campaign focuses in particular on the social impacts that these commercially-oriented policy instruments have on women, Indigenous Peoples and the rural poor.
Between 2006 and 2008, the campaign has supported five three-year national projects in:
Case study on Certification in South Africa
By: The Timberwatch Coalition, 2008
Case study on Carbon sinks in Colombia (only in Spanish)
By: CENSAT Aqua Viva, 2008
Biodiversity Offsets in Paraguay
By: Alter Vida, 2008
Case study on Ecotourism in India
By: EQUATIONS, 2008
Case study on bioprospecting in Costa Rica (only in Spanish)
By: COECOCEIBA, 2008
The summary reports of the five case studies are published in the report ‘Life as Commerce, the impact of market-based conservation mechanisms on Indigenous Peoples, lcoal communities and women’
Life as Commerce toolkit
GFC has produced a free toolkit to help communities who are being asked to accept or engage in a market-based conservation project. The toolkit is available in English and Spanish on this GFC website, or ask the GFC Internationaal Secretariaat to send you a CD.
The campaign has also supported national awareness raising campaigns in Equador and Brazil; and has sponsored a large number of international activities including workshops and awareness raising campaigns.
For the publications on Market based conservation go to Resources.
Meat as a Driver of Deforestation: Forests, communities and Indigenous Peoples: victims of the industrial livestock and feedstock industry
Industrial and other forms of unsustainable livestock production have very real impacts on forests, climate and the environment. They also have devastating consequences for communities, Indigenous Peoples, peasants and women.…
Aviation industry’s offset plans distracts from urgent need to reduce emissions, say environmental NGOs
4th April, Brussels – As member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised aviation agency, gather in Utrecht to discuss ways to ‘offset’ emissions from…
Several environmental groups from around the world have today sent an open letter to the Swedish Energy Agency calling for the cancellation of the Agency’s purchase contract with the Norwegian…
by Oliver Munnion* Yesterday I went to a briefing at the COP21 summit on how realistic achieving a 1.5 degree target as part of the Paris climate deal is, as…
7th December: The Global Forest Coalition  has launched a new report at the Paris climate talks today titled “Biomyths, the Costly Carbon Scam of Bioenergy”.  The report exposes how large-scale bioenergy…
Struggle against industrial livestock and feedstock production; Support for small farmer agroecology
December 9, 14:50-16:20 Co-organizers: Global Forest Coalition, La Via Campesina, Brighter Green, Friends of Siberian Forests and Confederation Paysanne Venue: Centquatre Paris Salle 200 The industrial livestock and feedstock industry…
Influence of GM feedstock products for industrial livestock farming and related pesticides on human health and the environment
By Svetlana Abramovich* Genetically modified food (GM food) has been a hot topic since its first discovery. Various experiments of genetic engineering with organisms may seem progressive and even well…
Svetlana Abramovich* Nowadays all over the world, demand for animal products is rising very fast. By 2050, consumption of meat and dairy products is expected to have risen 76 per…
New Briefing Paper Highlights Dangers Of A Fraudulent Accounting Framework On Land Use To Potential Climate Agreement
15 Nov 2015: The Global Forest Coalition (GFC)  launched a new briefing paper  today, providing a critical overview of the problem of current carbon accounting rules in the…
Today, September 21, on the international day against monoculture tree plantations, the Global Forest Coalition commemorates the many years of struggles of local communities, Indigenous Peoples, women and other forest…