Category: REDD

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 1: Agriculture)

As mentioned in an earlier post, our analysis of the McKinsey Abatement Cost Curve suggests greenhouse gas emission levels worldwide from forestry and agriculture could fall to 10.68 GtCO2e by 2030, a 29% reduction from projected business as usual (BAU)

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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

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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After Fukushima: Japan’s Climate and Energy Policy Under Review

The 2011 nuclear accident that occurred at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor sent shockwaves through the nuclear power industry. The resulting lack of trust in the safety of nuclear power is causing countries around the world to reconsider their use of

The Green Wall of China: Enough to keep the Yellow Dragon at Bay?

Every year, Beijing and other major cities in East Asia are tormented by the infamous Yellow Dragon. Not to be confused with Hoàng Long, the mythical hornless dragon which bestowed Emperor Fu Xi  with the fundamentals of written script, this

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Making REDD+ more attractive for the Private Sector

The private sector is often cast as a necessary but dangerous antagonist in the REDD+ world, and there are good reasons for this.  From carbon cowboys to imaginary baselines, there is plenty of evidence that when money can grow on

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LULUCF: Definitions and Institutional Challenges

According to the UN Climate Change Secretariat, Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) is defined as “A greenhouse gas inventory sector that covers emissions and removals of greenhouse gases resulting from direct human-induced land use, land use change and