Category: LULUCF

UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on LULUCF Under CDM

On April 23, 2014, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published a report titled “Options for possible additional land use, land-use change and forestry activities and alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the clean development

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For Peat’s Sake: Reducing Indonesia’s emissions through peatland conservation

Indonesia exported about 18 million metric tons of crude palm oil (CPO) in 2012, making it the world’s largest palm oil exporter. The palm oil industry is a major contributor to Indonesia’s economic development, especially in rural areas, and, as a

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Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 2: Forestry)

Continuing from Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 1: Agriculture) Forestry remains the most important part of LULUCF – with the greatest potential as a sink but also as a major contributor to emissions. Compared to agricultural levers, forestry levers are

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Brazil Moving Forward: Barriers and Recommendations to Land-Use Emissions Mitigation

  This will be the final post (concerning Brazil) to promote our recent report on Land-Use and Agricultural Emissions in Brazil and Indonesia. I encourage all to read through the report to gain a more detailed understanding of the current emissions situations in

Are Brazil’s Deforestation Policies Enough?

      As deforestation alone is responsible for well over half of Brazil’s GHG emissions, it is a contentious sector at all levels of government, for businesses, NGOs, and civil society groups. To meet its stated emissions reductions goals by

AFOLU in Brazil: What’s the Big Deal?

When it comes to GHG emissions and climate change, Brazil is a bit of an oddity. Around a third of its current power generation comes from renewables (namely hydroelectricity), it is a pioneer in biofuels and ethanol production, and it

Indonesia’s Forest Moratorium

In 2009, the Indonesian government made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent, with 87 percent of these reductions expected to come from land-use improvements. This commitment was quickly supported by the Norwegian government, which pledged $1

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Whose forest is it anyway? – Political Barriers to Reducing Emissions from Forests

Continuing from my previous blog post which discussed the technical barriers developing countries face in reducing forestry relation emissions, this blog post will looks at how domestic politics can hamper the adoption of mitigation strategies. Measuring forests, converting forest land

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Cultivating Sustainability Pt. 2: Developing World Recommendations for Agricultural GHG Mitigation

As noted in part one of this series, the barriers to implementing sustainable land management practices, which are thoroughly outlined in our paper, are significant. But are they insurmountable? Our research and analysis tells us that though the road is

Cultivating Sustainability Pt. 1: Developing World Barriers to Agricultural GHG Mitigation

  The process of implementing sustainable agricultural practices, that are in many cases cost effective and better for long-term production, is laden with countless financial, market, technical, political, and cultural barriers. Greenhouse gas mitigation in this sector will require change