Carbonballs: “Norwegians should not have a guilty conscience about flying,” says Erik Solheim, not long before being forced to resign as head of UNEP for running up a ridiculously huge carbon footprint

REDD-Monitor’s occasional series, Carbonballs features the climate howlers made by so-called environmental leaders. Today’s post features Erik Solheim, who resigned this week as head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UNEP’s Erik Solheim links civil society with groups supporting ISIS terrorism in Europe

The United Nations has a web page on civil society, on which it states that:

Civil society is the “third sector” of society, along with government and business. It comprises civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations. The UN recognizes the importance of partnering with civil society, because it advances the Organization’s ideals, and helps support its work.

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“Our forest is not for sale!” NGO statement on REDD in Nigeria

On 18 August 2010, Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Nigeria, the country’s leading environment group) organised a meeting on REDD in Nigeria, together with the Rainforest Research Development and GREENCODE. The meeting produced a statement, signed by 18 NGOs. “Forests and REDD must be out of carbon markets,” is the first of a list of resolutions included in the statement.

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Ogiek threatened with eviction from Mau Forest, Kenya

Ogiek threatened with eviction from Mau Forest, Kenya

The indigenous Ogiek people living in the Mau Forest Complex in Kenya are threatened with eviction to make way for the government’s conservation plans. The government has already started evicting 1,690 non-Ogiek families from the Mau Forest. They have nowhere to go. The Mau Forest Secretariat says that because they have no title deeds they do not qualify for any compensation.

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The insurance industry on carbon stored in forests: “It’s a regulatory asset.”

The insurance industry on carbon stored in forests

On Tuesday, 9 December 2008, I visited the Sheraton Hotel for an event titled “Making Forests Competitive: Practical solutions for permanence”. Organised by the legal firm Norton Rose, in association with the UNEP Finance Initiative and Carbon Markets and Investors Association, the event looked at the possibilities for the insurance industry to insure forest carbon.

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