In 2016, Sara Peña Valderrama completed her PhD in social anthropology, where she studied a forest carbon project run by Conservation International in Madagascar. Her thesis is available on Durham University’s website: Entangling Molecules: an ethnography of a carbon offset project in Madagascar’s eastern rainforest. She submitted this Guest Post about what happened when the project changed to a carbon project. She is currently a Honorary Research Associate at Durham University.
Michael Schmidlehner is a researcher, NGO founder and climate justice activist in Rio Branco, capital of the Brazilian state of Acre. He submitted this Guest Post about an academic paper looking at a REDD project established on the land of the “Acapú” indigenous people in Brazil.
Yvette Aguilar is an expert and adviser on the issue of climate change of El Salvador Round-Table and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in El Salvador. She submitted this Guest Post looking at the way proponents are recycling REDD under a range of different labels.
Dr. Maria Fernanda Gebara is a social and political scientist who has been working with climate and forests issues for more than 10 years. She is currently working as a consultant with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and is a research associate at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.[*]
In a post last week, I described the carbon credits sold by boiler room scammers to retail investors as “near-worthless”. Following the post, “XYZ” left a comment. “Near-worthless implies not 100% worthless,” he wrote. “Are you saying there is some worth in my carbon credits and if so who will buy them?”
Several multinational pulp and paper and palm oil companies have recently declared “zero deforestation policies”. In this guest post, Peter Gerhardt asks the question, “What is a no-deforestation promise really worth?”
Three weeks ago, REDD-Monitor wrote about Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring system run by World Resources Institute and more than 40 partners. The tool provides a huge amount of information about the world’s forests, including deforestation, protected areas, biodiversity hotspots, mining, logging, palm oil and wood-fibre plantations.
Anja Bursche has worked as an environmental governance consultant for German Development Cooperation, focusing on the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility from 2011 to 2013. The views and opinions expressed in the guest post are her own and do not reflect the views of the German government.
Simone Lovera is co-founder and executive director of the Global Forest Coalition, an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations. In this guest post, she describes the REDD deal that came out of COP19 in Warsaw as “the weakest text any international forest-related body has ever adopted”.
Michael Brown has more than 30 years experience in international development. He is the president and founder of Satya Development International, a consulting firm based in Washington DC. He works on REDD and issues of free, prior and informed consent, indigenous peoples and environmental compliance.