Korinna Horta has worked for more than 20 years on international finance, environment and human rights issues. She currently works with Urgewald, a German NGO.
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”.