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Forest Cover 61: #OurNatureIsNotYourSolution, International Day for Biological Diversity

Posted 22nd May 2020 in Forest Cover, Resources and publications, Supporting Community Conservation, Women's rights and empowerment, Forests, trees and climate change

As part of the #OurNatureIsNotYourSolution campaign we’re launching this special edition of our magazine Forest Cover, written in collaboration with our member groups. Forest Cover highlights how hype around NBS is being used as cover for pushing forest offsets, monoculture tree plantations and other false solutions, and also provides examples of the real solutions that our members in Colombia, Ghana, Nepal, Panama, Paraguay and Sri Lanka are engaged in.


Derail negotiations on market mechanisms: false solutions will not bring equity and climate justice

Posted 13th June 2019 in Blog, Forests, trees and climate change

by Souparna Lahiri, Global Forest Coalition, India The outcome of COP24 in Katowice last December failed on many counts, despite the “victory leap“ of the Polish Secretary of State for Energy (COP24’s president-designate). But what made front page news was the failure of governments to agree to a text on Article 6, which deals with market-based mechanisms in the Paris Agreement. We know why it failed, and what the primary barriers to achieving consensus were: Double counting: Basically cheating by …


Feminists at UNEA4 Continue the Call for the Right to a Healthy and Sustainable Environment

Posted 16th March 2019 in Defending Rights, Petitions and statements, Women2030, Women's rights and empowerment

Reflecting on the outcomes of the 4th Meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya (UNEA-4), the Women’s Major Group offered the following statement: Nairobi, Kenya. The conclusion of UNEA-4 saw a landmark resolution to promote gender equality and the human rights and empowerment of women and girls in environmental governance. The Women’s Major Group welcomes the commitment to strengthen the gender dimension of environmental policy and the resolution’s recognition of the importance of protecting human rights. We …


Forest Cover 57 – 1.5°C from a community perspective

Posted 3rd December 2018 in Forest Cover, Resources and publications, Supporting Community Conservation, Forests, trees and climate change, Trade and other underlying causes of forest loss

As governments congregate once more for a climate COP, this time in Katowice, Poland, Forest Cover 57 looks critically at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s latest assessment report on 1.5°C of global warming. It analyses what such a target means from a community perspective and makes the case for community conservation as an effective, safe and equitable way of removing carbon from the atmosphere. Through participatory community assessments, the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) has shown how rights-based approaches to conservation and forest restoration work in practice, and can be used as a model for global efforts to fight climate change. This issue makes the case that there are community-based, gender responsive alternatives to the technological, corporate-controlled pathways that the IPCC and UNFCCC are leading the world towards.


Fire and Plantations in Portugal: A case study on the risks of using tree plantations to remove carbon from the atmosphere

Posted 28th September 2018 in Blog, Resources and publications, Forests, trees and climate change

We are pleased to share the following piece originally published in Science for the People, a recently revitalized organization of activists and scientists that published a bimonthly magazine from 1969 to 1989. This essay is part of a special issue on geoengineering in the lead up to the official relaunch of the publication, slated for early 2019. You can read the rest of the collection at Science for the People’s website or become a Patreon donor to receive a printable …


From Bangkok to Katowice: In whose interests are the climate negotiations?

Posted 1st September 2018 in Blog, Forests, trees and climate change, Trade and other underlying causes of forest loss

by Souparna Lahiri, 2nd September, 2018 This week the negotiations over the Paris Rulebook and Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) recommence in Bangkok. It reminds me of the 2009 Bangkok intersessional, in the run up to the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties (COP), where there was much expectation in the air and great mobilisations on the streets. Back then, the US and big developing countries including China and India crafted the Copenhagen Declaration, which demolished the Kyoto architecture of binding …


Roots Newsletter January 2018

Posted 6th January 2018 in Uncategorized

Looking to the year ahead with solidarity, strength and determination By Mary Louise Malig Best wishes for the New Year! As we forge ahead into 2018 we are looking forward to facing the new opportunities and challenges that lay ahead, together. This Roots issue looks back at the last quarter of 2017. GFC participated in and mobilised around numerous international fora in our efforts to defend the rights of forests peoples, Indigenous Peoples and communities. We targeted policy and funding …


The bittersweet results of the climate talks in Bonn

Posted 28th November 2017 in Blog, Forests, trees and climate change

By Coraina de la Plaza* Another climate COP ended in the backdrop of extreme weather events worldwide – ravaging wildfires in Europe, massive hurricanes that devastated the Caribbean islands, record breaking floods in Asia, major droughts in Africa, just to name a few, causing the deaths and displacement of thousands. Many defined COP 23 as mainly technical or a “process COP”, but it was during this COP that many of the details had to be hammered out for the development …


UN institutions must comply with target to halt deforestation by 2020, say forest groups on International Day for Biological Diversity

Posted 22nd May 2016 in Defending Rights, Press releases, Supporting Community Conservation, Forests, trees and climate change

May 22, 2016. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, and a day ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi, the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) [2] reminded [3] policy makers that halting deforestation by 2020, in line with target 15.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [4], and community-driven forest restoration, must become key priorities in dealing with climate change and biodiversity loss. Despite the UN’s historic pledge to halt deforestation by 2020 most countries and UN …


In the aftermath of the Paris Agreement, nature and humanity lose

Posted 17th May 2016 in Blog, Forests, trees and climate change

Mary Louise Malig* The Paris Agreement has been signed in New York with much fanfare, a lot of shaking hands and patting each other on the back, and claims that “we did it” – that is, agreed a historic climate agreement that would save the planet from climate chaos. This week, government delegates and civil society are getting back to work in Bonn, in meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological …


Forest Cover 49: Meat as Driver of Deforestation

Welcome to Forest Cover No. 49, 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. In this edition we look at meat as a driver of deforestation, including the way in which livestock production leads to forest destruction, and how peasant farming can help to resolve the climate crisis. We also analyse the agriculture outcomes from UNFCCC’s climate change negotiations in Paris last December. You …


COP 21: Victorious Corporations

Posted 14th December 2015 in Blog, Forests, trees and climate change

By Miguel Lovera* Negotiations to solve climate change started 23 years ago. Ever since then, a trend towards commercializing the problems and the solutions started to be identifiable. More and more neoliberal tendencies that dominated developed country governments -and important developing ones too- took over all aspects and approaches to the problem. Suddenly, civil society also became swamped in the same bog, logged with noncommittal and denying language and flooded with false solutions. Paris FCCC/COP XXI was not an exception …


Biomyths: Bioenergy carbon neutrality myth is a time bomb under climate deal

Posted 8th December 2015 in Press releases, Supporting Community Conservation, Forests, trees and climate change

7th December: The Global Forest Coalition [1] has launched a new report at the Paris climate talks today titled “Biomyths, the Costly Carbon Scam of Bioenergy”. [2] The report exposes how large-scale bioenergy is being promoted as a replacement to some fossil fuels, based on what it calls the myth of its “carbon neutrality”. Download the full report (English): Biomyths – the costly carbon scam of bioenergy Download the Executive Summary: English, French, Spanish “Accepting that large-scale bioenergy can be carbon neutral will …


The Smooth Operators of Biodiversity Conservation

Posted 10th November 2015 in Blog, Supporting Community Conservation

By Simone Lovera* For those who are currently following the highly polarized and unproductive climate negotiations it might seem unbelievable, but there are still UN processes that succeed to agree on a reasonable amount of decisions during little more than 3 full negotiation days. The 19th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD-SBSTTA), which took place from 4 to 7 November in Montreal, even ended a little early, having adopted …


Fight for System Change Now! Why we need to build alternatives and dismantle a process that will lock us into another decade of burning the planet

Posted 1st September 2015 in Forests, trees and climate change

[September 2015, Climate Space Statement, Español, Français] Download the PDF here Today, just few months before the 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21) in Paris in December 2015, we see with great foreboding that a very bad deal is coalescing. The consequences of the problematic UNFCCC process leading towards the Paris deal are incredibly grave. If the world is locked into another decade of burning the planet, there will be disastrous …


Maputo Declaration of African Civil Society on Climate Justice

Posted 20th May 2015 in Blog, Forests, trees and climate change

GFC has signed on to the Maputo Declaration of African Civil Society on Climate Justice. Read full declaration here. Climate justice advocates, community peoples and mass movements’ representatives met in Maputo, Mozambique from 21-23 April 2015 to consider the roots, manifestations and impacts of climate change on Africa and to consider needed responses to the crises. At the end of the deliberations it was agreed that Africa is disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis although she has not significantly contributed …


Bioenergy and Forests

Posted 15th April 2015 in Blog, Supporting Community Conservation, Forests, trees and climate change

This editorial is part of Forest Cover issue nº47. If you want to read or download the rest of the articles please go to https://globalforestcoalition.org/resources/forest-cover-issues/forest-cover-47-bioenergy-special-edition By Rachel Smolker, Biofuelwatch, USA Board member of the Global Forest Coalition Forests continue to be caught in the climate crosshairs. On the one hand, REDD and forest offsets are promoted as ‘protecting carbon sinks’, with the potential to create profits for carbon market players. On the other hand, subsidies and targets for renewable energy …