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47th Issue of Forest Cover, newsletter of Global Forest Coalition

Posted 29th March 2015 in bio energy, Climate change, Forests, Indigenous Peoples

Welcome to a brand new edition of Forest Cover, the Global Forest Coalition newsletter that provides a space for Southern and Northern environmental justice activists to present their views on international forest-related policies. We were happy to co-produce this special edition, which focuses on the impacts of wood-based bioenergy on forests and forest peoples, with our active member group Biofuelwatch. Download the print version to read on about bioenergy, forests, a summary of the international strategy meeting, a photo essay …

46th issue of Forest Cover, the newsletter of the Global Forest Coalition

Posted 8th October 2014 in biodiversity, Climate change, COP19, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, REDD

In this new issue of Forest Cover 46 you will find an interesting editorial on the views of civil society in the Pacific about the 3rd United Nations Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference, followed by a report from former GFC’s chairperson Miguel Lovera who attended the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) in Rome last June. Likewise, Anatoly Lebedev from Russia brings some insights …

44th issue of Forest Cover, the newsletter of the Global Forest Coalition

Posted 27th December 2013 in biodiversity, Climate change, COP19, Indigenous Peoples

The year 2013 is almost to a close, a year that was marked by many challenges to the rights of forest peoples and growing threats of green land grabbing, while key policy changes to address the drivers of forest loss continue to be postponed. But we also saw growing recognition in 2013 that respecting the rights, needs and role of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women forms the cornerstone for effective, socially just forest conservation …

New Report: REDD+ Does Not Address Underlying Causes of Forest Loss

Posted 13th November 2013 in bio energy, biodiversity, Climate change, COP19

Warsaw, Poland –A new report released by the Global Forest Coalition [1] today at the 19th UN Climate Conference concludes that projects and policies related to REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks) fail to address the underlying causes of forest loss and might contribute to further deforestation instead.

Industrial Livestock Production Key Threat to World’s Forests and Biodiversity

Posted 22nd May 2013 in Climate change

New York/Asuncion, 22 May 2013

On the occasion of International Day for Biodiversity and the start of UN talks on a possible sustainable development goal (SDG) on agriculture [1], a coalition of environmental NGOs has published a briefing paper to raise awareness of the negative impacts of rapidly expanding industrial livestock farming and large-scale cattle ranching on the world’s forests and biodiversity. Industrial animal agriculture cuts across multiple sectors, affecting land use, water, food security, public …

To Reclaim Our Future, We Must Change the Present – Our Proposal for Changing the System and not the Climate

Posted 23rd April 2013 in Climate change

World Social Forum, 2013 – Final Declaration from Climate Space

The capitalist system has exploited and abused nature, pushing the planet to its limits, so much so that the system has accelerated dangerous and fundamental changes in the climate.

Today, the severity and multiplicity of weather changes – characterized by droughts, desertification, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, forest fires and the melting of glaciers and sea ice – indicate that the planet is burning. These extreme changes have direct impacts on humans through the loss …

It is time the EU scraps its carbon Emissions Trading System

Posted 19th February 2013 in Climate change, market based approaches

(cross-posted from CarbonTradeWatch)

Brussels, 18 February 2013

A growing group of civil society organisations is calling on the EU to abolish its Emission Trading System (ETS) to open space for truly effective climate policies. Today they release a joint declaration that highlights the many structural loopholes the ETS is facing, that the proposed reform proposals put forward by EU policy makers will not be able to fix.

Tomorrow (19 Feb.) the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament will vote on the Commission’s backloading …

Turning Forests into Fuel for the New ‘Bio-economy?’: What Really Happens When Forests are Commodified-Voices From Around The World

Posted 27th November 2012 in agrofuels, bio energy, biodiversity, Climate change, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, REDD

Extensive monoculture tree plantations in South Africa. Photo: Isis Alvarez.

Doha, Qatar– As Governments gathering for the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18) continue discussions on the need to address the drivers of forest loss, the Global Forest Coalition [1], today launches a video repository [2] that tells a powerful story about the commodification of forests as a key driver of climate change. This can only worsen as new industrial ‘bio-economy’ strategies …

40th issue of Forest Cover, the newsletter of the Global Forest Coalition

Posted 23rd April 2012 in bio energy, biodiversity, Climate change, COP17, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, market based approaches, REDD, Rio+20

We present the most recent version of the Global Forest Coalition’s newsletter in intergovernmental forest-related policy processes: Forest Cover no.40. This issue includes articles referring to the past UNFCCC-COP17 in Durban, South Africa addressing topics such as the future of REDD, the new alliance against REDD and (Fake) Forest Day . It also includes a report on the Thematic Social Forum on Rio+20 as well as the Rio+20 Second Round of Informal-Informal negotiations …

UN Intersessional Report: How will the Green Economy affect women?

Posted 9th April 2012 in bio energy, biodiversity, Climate change, Indigenous Peoples, market based approaches, Rio+20

(cross-posted) Keith Brunner from Gears of Change Youth Media Project reports back from the side event “Women’s critical perspectives on the ‘green economy” carried out during the  UN Rio+20 intercessional (March25-27) at the UN headquarters in New York.

Speakers at the WMG side event Photo: Carmen Capriles

The “green economy” will be a shot in the arm for ailing global markets- a rush of new commodities and investment frontiers, packaged neatly …