Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest increased this year to its highest rate since 2008, according to data released this week by Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE). The data reveal that Amazon deforestation rose by 30% compared to last year.
A group of Paraguayan and international organisations have sent an open letter to the board of the Green Climate Fund which will meet in Songdo, Republic of Korea, from 12 to 14 November 2019. Several of the funding requests under consideration are related to REDD, including an extraordinarily bad proposal to subsidise REDD offsets from…
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil operates under the slogan, “Transforming markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm”. Created in 2004, the RSPO is supposed to reassure consumers and manufacturers that products with the RSPO label are not linked to rainforest destruction, human rights abuses, or habitat destruction of endangered species such as orangutans.
In 2009, Norway launched Guyana’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme. Back then, it was an amibitious US$250 million scheme. Ten years later Guyana’s REDD has been almost completely abandoned.
Launched five years ago, the New York Declaration on Forests included a commitment “to cut natural forest loss in half by 2020, and strive to end it by 2030”. But the pledges made by governments, multinational companies, NGOs, and indigenous peoples organisations have utterly failed to address deforestation.