Earlier today, REDD-Monitor wrote a post about the Coalition for Rainforest Nations’ application to register “REDD+” as a trademark. The post ended with a series of questions for Kevin Conrad, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
I sent a link to the post on REDD-Monitor to Kevin Conrad, and asked for an on-the-record response. I told him I would post his response in full and unedited on REDD-Monitor. About 45 minutes later, REDD-Monitor received the following email:
From: Kevin Conrad
Date: 9 November 2017
Subject: Re: The Coalition for Rainforest Nation’s application to register “REDD+” as a trademark
To: Chris Lang
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu
Thanks for your questions.
The objective simply is to register a REDD+ logo to distinguish REDD+ actions that are compliant with UNFCCC decisions vs. those that the Voluntary Carbon Standards falsely call REDD+ based on project standards long rejected by the UNFCCC and the international community for poor environmental and atmospheric integrity.
Of course, any and all marks granted will be available to CfRN countries for free provided they are used to represent actions in full compliance with all relevant UNFCCC decisions.
Yes, we have been discussing approaches and tools to assist developing countries in the efforts to implement REDD+ activities and actions at the Board level and also at CfRN meetings over the past few years. And, we will continue. Let me confirm the Secretariat does have the mandate to develop such tools from both the board and country participants.
While it’s clear your your ‘journalistic’ style is designed primarily to discredit others which whom you may have differing views, we do thank you for your continued interest REDD+ issues and wish you the best.
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