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In a blow to Republican rhetoric, China announces plan for a carbon tax

In a blow to Republican rhetoric, China announces plan for a carbon tax | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

When Marco Rubio says that America “is a country, not a planet,” he’s saying that we don’t need to bother cutting pollution because we’re not the worst offenders. If China, which burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined, isn’t trying to limit its pollution, why should we?

 

Well, China has announced that it will proactively introduce a set of new taxation policies designed to preserve the environment, including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

 

The government will collect the environmental protection tax instead of pollutant discharge fees, as well as levy a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, Jia Chen, head of the ministry’s tax policy division, wrote in an article published on the MOF’s website. …

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New funds for conservation in the Eastern Afromontane hotspot and the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa – now open!

New funds for conservation in the Eastern Afromontane hotspot and the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa – now open! | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Two major donors for conservation action, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the MacArthur Foundation, launched their new calls for proposals during a joint event yesterday evening in Kigali, Rwanda.

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CFA - Conservation Finance Alliance

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The 3rd CFA wide webinar took place in January 16 2013 and invited all CFA members to discuss the IDB Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Initiative. Ashley Camhi, from the IDB Infrastructure and Environment Sector, presented the initiative and responded to participants' questions. The webinar was chaired by Scott Lampman, chair of the CFA Environmental Funds Working Group and Director of the TFCA Secretariat at USAID.

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New "Nature Resilience" project proposal to bring business to ecosystem restoration partnership (Erasmus U/IUCN project)


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MJP EcoArchives's curator insight, January 2, 2013 1:06 PM

In a recent TEEB for business newsletter, I came across a new report that is essentially a proposal for a "Nature Resilience" project to bring business to ecosystem restoration partnerships. The project is supported by Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, NL) and IUCN (Commission on Ecosystem Management). 

 

After some introductory chapters on biodiversity and ecosystem services value/value to companies, the report discusses a way forward. The core of which is envisioned as business understanding their impact on ecosystem services by valuing it. The "way forward" also includes support of international standards for ecosystem valuation and getting requirements for corporations to publish their impacts as a disclosure item (a la PUMA's environmental profit and loss statement). And along with that strong stick would be soft carrots - training corporations on valuing ecosystem services (a la WBCSD's  business ecosystems training), and getting the next generation on board by incorporating ecosystem value in B-school training.

 

I agree with this vision of a way forward, particularly that some requirement to disclose (in a standard way) impact on ecosystem services would be a driver for business to finance in ecosystem restoration. I don't agree quite as strongly with the report's assessment that barriers for business participation in ecosystem restoration "range from a lack of networking across groups, to differences in the use of language and a lack of trust. Clearly, greater involvement from the private sector requires us to remove the barriers that exist between local commuities, NGOs, farmers, businesses, business schools, ecologists, economists and policy-makers." I think a step that is more pressing is having drivers for a clear and pressing business case for action. Once the catalyst is in place, then yes breaking these barriers could create more efficient, or more community-oriented, or larger-scale ecosystem restoration. But I don't know if we're there yet. 

 

The remainder of the report dives into the proposed solution - the "Nature Resilience" project. The project creates a partnership-broker entity to bring together business with other organizations in creating long-term (~20-yr) ecosystem restoration projects. 

 

"Nature Resilience will help to facilitate the mobilisation and redirection of investment funds and business participation by acting as a broker or match maker between businesses (investors and individuals), governments, NGOs, communities, farmers and local civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the field of restoration and conservation. Nature Resilience will actively seek the creation of Ecosystem Restoration Partnerships. Nature Resilience will be a neutral and independent agency that brings together existing networks of businesses and business schools, scientific institutions, governments and local development partners. It will be empowered, endorsed and financed by committed private sector institutions as well as business schools and student communities."

 

 I didn't see any mention in the report of tying the project idea to compensation from projects financed by the IFC or Equator Banks - which require screening for, and mitigation to impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services in projects that they fund. Perhaps that would be a good test case for the project. 

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Demonstrating ecosystem service values in Africa | BirdLife Community

Demonstrating ecosystem service values in Africa | BirdLife Community | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Despite growing awareness of the importance of ecosystem services in supporting human well-being, conservationists are rarely able to provide policy-makers with robust information about the overall consequences of land use decisions. Existing locally-relevant data are too patchy and the methods, skills and resources needed to collect new information are typically unavailable.

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The Role of Conservation Trust Funds

The Role of Conservation Trust Funds | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservancy released a background brief at the UN CBD COP 11 to enrich knowledge sharing about conservation trust funds.

Financial mechanisms such as national and regional conservation trust funds (CTFs) can play a crucial role in guaranteeing an effective resourcing of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, adopted by the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention for Biological Biodiversity (CBD) in 2010. One of the key value added of CTFs is the fact that they provide long term sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation activities due to its continuing efficacy and reliability as a mechanism.
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REDD and Doha Gateway: An Expectation Gap « Keshavcdas's Blog

REDD and Doha Gateway: An Expectation Gap « Keshavcdas's Blog | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
After an anticipated delay at the UN climate talks in Doha, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of COP18, took less than a minute to hammer through a series of ‘decisions’. He then declared the creation of the ‘Doha Gateway’. Immediately after this declaration, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC tweeted: ‘All #COP18 decisions adopted by acclamation. We have a Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol!’
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Mitigation | Offsetting | Planning | Ecosulis | Ecosulis

Mitigation | Offsetting | Planning | Ecosulis | Ecosulis | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Biodiversity Offsetting includes activities that are designed to enhance ecological opportunities and biodiversity, and is usually used to compensate and mitigate for development. Defra state that biodiversity offsetting has the potential to deliver planning policy requirements, which can compensate for habitat loss in a more effective way. As a result, Defra has recently launched biodiversity offsetting pilot schemes which will run for two years until April 2014. These schemes aim to establish how successful offsetting is as a mitigation technique, and has the potential to encourage its use within development schemes. There are six pilot areas, located in Doncaster, Devon, Essex, Greater Norwich, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire with Coventry and Solihull.
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Doha: Climate Negotiators Fail to Meet the Scientific Challenge ...

Doha: Climate Negotiators Fail to Meet the Scientific Challenge ... | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
On the last day, talks at Doha aimed at securing a global agreement to tackle climate change are providing scant hope, although individual announcements from nations on the sidelines provide some progress.

The central issue, as always, is fairness over who pays.
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Project to leave oil in ground under Yasuní park reaches $300m

Project to leave oil in ground under Yasuní park reaches $300m | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

More than $300m (£188m) has been promised to stop the exploitation of 846m barrels of oil below the Yasuní national park in Ecuador, one of the world's most biologically rich areas of rainforest, new figures show.

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Look Beyond the Rainforest | IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

It is human development, or at least the quest for it, which caused the conversion of billions of hectares of forests into man-made deserts. It prompted, in the middle of the 19th century, the French novelist Chateaubriand to state that "forests precede civilizations, deserts follow them". In other words, human beings are the only desert making species.To reverse the tide and change such an inherent habit, we must think and operate outside of the “forest” box.

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Value of Healthy Ecosystems: Priceless

Value of Healthy Ecosystems: Priceless | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Humans are fairly predictable creatures. We intuitively seek out conditions and things that improve our ability to make a living, enhance our quality of life and give us pleasure. Whether you’re talking about gym member­ships, home security systems or conservation group membership dues, when we value some­thing we protect it.

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UNDP WATCH: UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Showcases Initiatives in Armenia and Albania

The October issue of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) quarterly Adaptation Bulletin features articles on: supporting climate change adaptation in Armenia and Albania; and training Asian government officials to internalize the economics of adaptation into national investment and planning decisions.

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Biodiversity Offsets: : Voluntary and Compliance Regimes

Biodiversity Offsets: : Voluntary and Compliance Regimes | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

A new report with interesting information.

 


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Industry key to conserving forests as demand for wood projected to triple by 2050

Industry key to conserving forests as demand for wood projected to triple by 2050 | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
By 2050, rising population and demand, as well as an increase in use of wood for bioenergy, could triple the amount of wood society takes from forests and plantations per year, according to the latest instalment of WWF’s Living Forests Report.
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IEA Study Offers Innovative Proposals for Enhancing Climate ...

IEA Study Offers Innovative Proposals for Enhancing Climate ... | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report on “Plugging the Energy Efficiency Gap with Climate Finance,” which evaluates climate finance in funding energy efficiency projects in developing countries and explores the potential to channel finance for energy efficiency under the new Green Climate Fund (GCF).The report focuses on financial flows from developed to developing countries through multilateral development banks, bilateral financial institutions, and carbon markets. It finds that only a very small share of the estimated US$343-385 billion in annual climate finance goes towards energy efficiency projects

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Director’s Desk: Major New Funding from BMZ/KfW

Director’s Desk: Major New Funding from BMZ/KfW | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
At year-end 2012 we received a new Euro 7 million grant from the German government through its Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and development bank (KfW).  This major new gra...
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Business acting for biodiversity: CEMEX and BirdLife’s plans for biodiversity spring into action | BirdLife Community

Business acting for biodiversity: CEMEX and BirdLife’s plans for biodiversity spring into action | BirdLife Community | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

December 2011 marked the unveiling of this tool: the CEMEX-BirdLife Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Guidance. A BAP is a document that provides a standard framework for identifying, protecting and enhancing biodiversity at a site, including stages for biodiversity surveys, people engagement and sustainable site management.

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one of the most common types of corporate action on ecosystem services is some kind of policy like a biodiversity action plan. Cemex is sharing theirs.

 

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CFA - Conservation Finance Alliance

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As of December 4th, 2012, Colombians can visit www.donaccion.org to contribute to seven social causes, presented by creative communities committed to a better country.

"You don’t have to be a millionaire to help people, to support social causes that are shaping a new Colombia," said Jos´s Luis Gómez, Executive Director of Fondo Acción, while explaining how the new platform of mass donations or "social crowdfunding” works, to be released to the public on December the 4th.
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Within Mining & Energy Sector, Greater Emphasis on Conservation | Conservation International Blog

Within Mining & Energy Sector, Greater Emphasis on Conservation | Conservation International Blog | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
An industry known for environmental destruction is beginning to re-think its policies.
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WWF Gets $5 Million Grant From Google to Help Fight Wildlife Trafficking

WWF Gets $5 Million Grant From Google to Help Fight Wildlife Trafficking | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
It's a drop in the bucket compared to the total value of the illicit global trade in wildlife, but WWF's winning a $5 million grant from Google is one more small step in eradicating the black market in endangered species.

Just announced, WWF has been given a Global Impact Award, "to create an umbrella of technology to protect endangered wildlife like elephants, rhinos and tigers. We'll be using aerial survey technology to track poachers and wildlife, cutting edge wildlife tagging technology, and increasing support for patrolling and database software."
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Biodiversity Payments Can Help Communities Fight Climate Change | Conservation International Blog

Biodiversity Payments Can Help Communities Fight Climate Change | Conservation International Blog | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Extra income from biodiversity payments could give some communities even more incentive to protect their forests.
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California's carbon market opens; Air Resources Board reports that auction sets allowance prices at $10.09 a ton

The results of California’s first-ever auction for greenhouse gas permits are in. The state regulators overseeing a new "cap and trade" market for greenhouse gas report that the price for carbon, was just over $10 a ton. That's lower than some analysts had guessed, but California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols still liked what she saw:

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The big fight in Doha is over climate finance

The big fight in Doha is over climate finance | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The new Green Climate Fund to help developing countries cope with climate change may one day have a bigger budget than the World Bank. At the moment, however, the Fund is empty.

No financial pledges have been made even though the Fund is supposed to begin dispensing money in 2013.

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Biodiversity Offsets: : Voluntary and Compliance Regimes

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