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Sharing the Stage

Last year, voluntary carbon offset buyers threw their collective weight behind climate-led development. With many of these buyers driven to altruistically “combat climate change through their purchases, 2013 saw a record volume of offsets transacted from projects that deliver climate and community-facing outcomes (“cobenefi ts) in developing countries. KEY REPORT FINDINGS Across all years of […]

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Ahead of the Curve

Companies, governments, and individuals voluntarily spent just under $4.5 billion on conservation and clean energy over the past decade by purchasing nearly 1 billion carbon offsets, finds a new report released on the sidelines of this week’s international climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace report, Ahead of the Curve: State of […]


Full Circle: REDD and Indigenous People

Indigenous people have managed their land sustainably for hundreds of years. They have, as a result, contributed the least to climate change and have even prevented large amounts of carbon from being released into the atmosphere through forest clearing and degradation. However, unless something changes soon, they will suffer the most from its consequences. If […]


The Bottom Line: Taking Stock Of The Role Of Offsets In Corporate Carbon Strategies

As the carbon content in the atmosphere rises to unprecedented levels, businesses are facing new risks. Delta Air Lines is concerned that rising temperatures could affect plane take-offs and that sea-level rise may encroach on coastal airports. Barclays bank is anticipating that tropical cyclones will alter the credit profile of some of their clients. Cosmetics […]


Covering New Ground: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2013 Report

In its fourth year of publication, the State of the Forest Carbon Markets report series offers an un-paralleled, comprehensive view of the financial and technical landscape of the market for forest carbon offsets. Covering New Ground: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2013, produced and launched by Forest Trendsʼ Ecosystem Marketplace, offers the latest findings […]


Covering New Ground

 6 November 2013 | Washington, D.C. | Carbon finance is supporting the management of forests spanning 26.5 million hectares worldwide after businesses in 2012 injected a near-record $216 million into projects that plant trees, avoid deforestation, improve forest management, and support low-carbon agriculture. These projects, a key defense against the ecological and socio-economic impacts of […]


Maneuvering the Mosaic

Voluntary demand for carbon offsetting grew 4% in 2012, when buyers committed more than $523 million to offset 101 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Private sector buyers flocked to offsets earned by planting trees, saving tropical forests, or distributing clean cookstoves in the developing world, according to this year’s State of the Voluntary […]

The Private Sector in the REDD+ Supply Chain: Trends, challenges and opportunities (Policy Brief)

The private sector encompasses a diverse set of players, including local REDD+ project developers, multinational companies, carbon regulated companies, local or specialist international investment banks, GIS service and technology providers, extractive industries, consulting firms, and many others, all of whom vary in terms of scale, geographic location, expertise, motivations, and degree of influence exercised on […]


Leveraging the Landscape

 The report, which aggregates data from 415 individual forest carbon projects historically, was published Thursday by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, a world-leading provider of news, data and analytics on environmental markets and investments in conservation. The report examines a variety of strategies for injecting financial resources into projects that save or plant forests that capture […]

The EU Emissions Trading System

The EU ETS has been established and extended over three successive phases: Phase I (2005–2007, often called the “pilot phase”);  Phase II (2008–2012); and Phase III (2013–2020). The EU appears to be on target and in fact ahead of schedule for achieving the ambitious emission reduction target set for the years 2008–2012, in large measure because of the […]


State of Forest Carbon Markets 2011

The data and analysis that follow cover forest carbon activity in compliance carbon markets as well as voluntary carbon markets—such as the voluntary Over-the-Counter (OTC) market and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). The report finds that growing from already record-breaking years in 2008 and 2009, respondents reported a total of 30.1 million metric tonnes of […]


2011 Update: State of Biodiversity Markets

 This report is a companion paper to the initial “State of Biodiversity Markets” that highlights key developments over the past year. The report finds that global interest in biodiversity offsets and compensation continued to develop in 2010 – somewhat surprisingly, given the financial challenges that plague the private and public sectors alike. While there has […]


State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2011

For five years, Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have published the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Reports to shed light on trading volumes, credit prices, project types, locations, and the motivations of buyers in this market. Every year’s marketplace seems more complex than the one before, as actors continually refine […]


The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise for Ghana

The Ghana REDD Opportunities Scoping Exerceis was one of three ROSE country case studies conducted in 2009. It has provided the Katoomba Incubator with a solid basis for strategic engagement with REDD+ in Ghana, both at the project or sub-national level, and at the national or policy level. The ROSE study consisted of two main […]


Implications of the Legal and Policy Framework for Tree and Forest Carbon in Ghana

This report presents an analysis of the legal and policy framework for tree and forest carbon in Ghana in an effort to contribute to this process. It shows that the current legal and regulatory structure for forestry and lands in Ghana provides indications of how carbon rights and benefits might be managed and distributed. The […]


State of Watershed Payments

How can we as a society address the many problems that plague the waterfront? How do we get people to be more mindful about their water use? How do we regulate pollution flowing into our waterways? How do we put a stop to the growing number of dead zones around the world? And how do […]


State of Biodiversity Markets

This report provides the status and trends of biodiversity offset and compensatory mitigation programs by geographical region. In each section, the report summarizes the total active programs and developing activities, and broad metrics like total known payments and land area protected or restored. In each region, we also analyze the characteristics of offset programs—what drives […]


State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009

This report was created to increase transparency and answer fundamental questions about the supply of forestry-based carbon credits, such as transaction volumes, credit prices, hectares influenced and tenure rights. It outlines the aggregate numbers from our survey of 61 project developers and 34 intermediaries representing 226 projects across 40 countries. This report is entirely based […]


State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2009

This report was created to answer fundamental questions about the voluntary carbon markets such as transaction volumes, credit prices, project types, locations, and the motivations of buyers in this market. Over the past several years, these markets have not only become an opportunity for citizen consumer action, but also an alternative source of carbon finance […]


Carbon and Land-Use

Over the past three years, the term ‘REDD’ (reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation) has risen from obscure acronym to hot-button issue for policymakers, conservation groups, investors and academics across the globe, with good reason. According the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), land use change accounts for approximately 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions—more […]