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
Defending Community Rights against Green Land Grabbing
This exhibition focuses on forest carbon projects, their potential impacts, and fairer and more effective alternatives. It shows how forest carbon offset projects in Africa, Asia and Meso-America have triggered violent evictions and caused fear and uncertainty amongst forest-dependent communities. Impacts are also felt in industrialized countries, by communities affected by the continued impacts of toxic pollution. Happily, there are alternatives that are more effective and more equitable, including Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved territories and Areas (ICCAs). These complement the alternatives approaches to neoliberalism that are emerging, based on the concepts of Buen Vivir, food sovereignty, energy sovereignty and wood sovereignty (see below).
Critical Information Collective, Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project and Langelle Photography.
– Alternative ApproachesGlobal Forest Coalition
Increasing the Gender Gap: the Impacts of the Bioeconomy and Markets in Environmental Services on Women
The ‘bioeconomy’ promotes speculative markets for ecosystem-based products and services, which are increasingly promoted as a ‘green’ alternative to the fossil fuel economy. Trading in ‘ecosystem services’ such as forest carbon offsets is accompanied by a massive expansion of wood-based bioenergy and other biomass-based products.
Civil Society Views in Scaling up Biodiversity Finance, Resource Mobilization, and Innovative Financial Mechanisms
A Guide for journalists to proposals on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry and carbon trading for COP 16
Forests and Climate Change: An Introduction to the Role of Forests
in the UN Climate Change Negotiations
Toolkit to help communities who are being asked to accept or engage in a market-based conservation project.
The impact of market-based conservation on Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women; summary report with the following five case studies.
By The Timberwatch Coalition
By: Alter Vida
(only in Spanish)
(only in Spanish)
By CENSAT Aqua Viva
By Juana Camacho Otero for Censat Agua Viva Foe-Colombia
Life as Commerce Free Trade and the Environment – A dangerous Liaison: the environment and free trade
By GFC and Comunidades Ecologistas La Ceiba Amigos de la Tierra Costa Rica
Life as Commerce: International Financial Institutions, payments for environmental services and carbon finance
The impacts of market-based biodiversity conservation on Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women
This paper mainly focusses on carbon trade and biodiversity offsets. Presented at the fifth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity
1 November 2007
Global Forest Coalition
Nature for sale – Friends of the Earth International and Global Forest Coalition
The new markets 1: selling our carbon
(in Hindi only)
How ecotourism development capitalizes on areas that are conserved at the cost of communities in India
The social and environmental impact of the Holterberg plantations in the Netherlands
That La Via Campesina (LVC) is now established and active in Zimbabwe is extremely good news. This has positive implications for supporting African peoples’ struggles to preserve and to protect local community autonomy…
(cross-posted from http://corporateeurope.org) Warsaw, 12th November 2013 Civil society calls out the EU’s attempt to push more of the same failed carbon markets favoured by the biggest polluters, and urges countries to…
Why was the world’s biggest biomass power station closed down – and what does this mean for forests?
Background to Tilbury B: On 13th August, Tilbury B, so far the world’s biggest biomass power station commissioned so far, was shut down for good. It is sited along the…
Brief comments on two recent articles: 1. Editorial: Meeting global challenges in forestry / 2. The World (Fake) Forestry Congress
Here (below) are two articles from the latest FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) ‘Forestry News’ for your interest. The first article quotes Tiina Vähänen, currently REDD Coordinator at the FAO, and formerly…
For endorsements please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Launched in 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) completed the Bretton Woods trio with the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund in promoting…
(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,…
Genetically Engineered Trees and Glowing Synthetic Plants? No Thanks This week in Asheville, N.C., the IUFRO “Tree Biotechnology” conference will meet. And the attendees will be met: by protests. Public opinion is…
In May 2010, the Global Forest Coalition warned in its report “Wood-based Bioenergy: The Green Lie”: “The demand for industrial wood bio-energy is causing large areas, especially in the South,…
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…