On 12 November 2013, the Global Forest Coalition made the following intervention during the negotiations in Warsaw on methodologies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+): “The Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of 54 NGOs and Indigenous peoples’ organizations promoting rights-based forest policies shares the concerns of our NGO and IPO colleagues about the extremely weak draft decisions that have been developed in the areas of drivers of forest loss and safeguards. …
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.
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Why was the world’s biggest biomass power station closed down – and what does this mean for forests?
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Brief comments on two recent articles: 1. Editorial: Meeting global challenges in forestry / 2. The World (Fake) Forestry Congress
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(cross-posted) Sep 2, 2013 Joint press release by Rainforest Rescue, Society for Threatened Peoples, Robin Wood, Urgewald and Watch Indonesia! Berlin Activists from Rainforest Rescue, the Society for Threatened Peoples,…
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Intervention by the Women’s Major Group on Land Degradation, Desertification and Drought at the UN OWG SDG meeting 23 May 2013
We want gender to be mainstreamed in all sustainable development policies related to land management, but we do not want to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream. We call for…