Abstract The explicit reference to “a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases” (Art. 4) in the 2015 Paris Agreement has given a strong impetus to Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) proposals that aim to remove greenhouse gas emissions through bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS). While actual implementation of BECCS is still in a state of “infancy” according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, large-scale biosequestration in the form …
Monoculture Tree Plantations: Fuelling the Climate Fire
In 2015, the world celebrated the Paris Agreement and its ambitious 1.5C
target. To meet this target, countries proposed their mitigation measures
and action plans. In this context, an increasing number of project/s
(proposals), including large-scale monoculture tree plantations, are
emerging mainly in developing countries. In theory, these plantations
store carbon in form of biomass and are partly to be used for bioenergy
purposes. However, monoculture plantations are closely linked to a whole
row of very critical social and biodiversity issues. 
Policy brief Biodiversity conservation
Global biodiversity loss is a key threat to food security, human health, and the sustainable development agenda in general. The effective mainstreaming of biodiversity in sustainable development policy, and the full and effective implementation of SDGs 14 and 15 and the Aichi targets of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) is essential in this respect.
The paper highlights that current carbon accounting rules are too flexible, confusing and allow several forms of cheating. In the case of the Kyoto protocol, Annex I parties were allowed to earn large amounts of fraudulent surplus credits . They also benefitted from future forest management activities that had yet to be implemented, allowing polluters to continue emissions.
GFC calls on governments to take a holistic approach to sustainable land use and agriculture based on existing international agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals , the UN voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of land tenure, fishing and forests , the Convention on Biodiversity , the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  and the Convention to Combat Desertification , as well as key documents expressing the view of social movements like the Nyeleni Declaration on Food Sovereignty . Climate change resilience should be an integral and important goal of such practices.
This special issue of Mausam explores India’s INDC in depth, providing detailed but accessible analysis of India’s energy sources and consumption.
This issue of Eco-Instigator includes article from Global Forest Coalition on the upcoming Paris COP 21. See “The coming Paris #COP21: A disastrous #climate deal that will see the planet burn” on page 17, along with other interesting articles!
International commodities like beef, soy, palm oil, and wood have been recognized as some of the most important drivers of forest and biodiversity loss. Policies to make these commodity chains more sustainable in terms of quality and quantity cannot be the responsibility of the producing countries only. Measures to reduce deforestation triggered by commodity trade in one country will almost by definition lead to transboundary “leakage” of emissions if no measures are taken to address the levels of consumption of those products. Such policies also lead to unfair competition between more responsible producers and countries, and less responsible producers and countries.
Livestock and soy production in Paraguay are the most important primary production sectors. Most of the land in the country is privately controlled and devoted to the production of these commodities. Hence, most of the negative environmental impacts derive from these productive activities. Control is exerted by a combination of oligarchic groups and transnational interests.
This briefing paper raises 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 health, and climate change. But too often these intersections are overlooked. It focuses on the Global Social, Cultural, Ecological, and Ethical Impacts of an Unsustainable Industry – and the Alternatives that Exist.
Report based on the submission to the UNFCCC on alternatives to market-based approaches written in collaboration by members of the Global Forest Coalition, ICCA Consortium and Econexus.
Submission by the GFC on methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management, of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stock in developing countries.
Forests and the Biodiversity Convention
Independent Monitoring of the Implementation of the Expanded Programme of Work in:
Summary Forest and the Biodiversity Convention
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To mark this international day of struggle against monoculture tree plantations, we are publishing a striking photo essay about the role of eucalyptus plantations in Portugal’s awful forest fires, as…
Tree plantations often replace natural ecosystems, or lands that were in process of ecosystem restoration. The replacement of forests by tree plantations is one of the main threats to…
Taking a closer look at the WTO and its free trade model, and how it negatively impacts on the livestock and feedstock industries By: Mary Louise Malig* In our…
This blog was originally published on countercurrents.org By Souparna Lahiri* Every year, 21st March is celebrated as the International Day of Forests, so designated by the United Nations to highlight…
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.…
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…