News Round-up: November 11 – 24, 2013

REDD+ carbon market stabilizes, but risk of supply glut looms – November 13, 2013

The market for carbon credits generated under projects that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) showed signs of stabilizing in 2012 after a sharp drop in 2011, finds Forest Trends’ new assessment of the global forest carbon market.

http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1113-state-of-redd-carbon-market-2012.html#kEHUzroYaMKb1tI1.99

Congo-Kinshasa: An Example in DRC to Lift Up the Pygmies – November 14, 2013

The rights of pygmies are often violated in North Kivu, eastern DRC. Justin Shamutwa is fighting to change this.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201311140252.html

Forest change mapped by Google Earth – November 14, 2013

A new high-resolution global map of forest loss and gain has been created with the help of Google Earth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24934790

Demand for Palm Oil Fuels Land Conflicts in Africa, Southeast Asia – November 14, 2013

As the world’s demand for palm oil increases, deforestation and the resulting release of carbon dioxide emissions continue to be a concern.

http://www.voanews.com/content/palm-oil-africa-indonesia-deforestation-land-grab-expansion-forests-indigenous-conflict-/1790043.html

‘Zero net deforestation’ goals may harm natural forest – experts – November 14, 2013

Efforts by countries and companies to achieve “zero net deforestation” may be having the unintended effect of rainforests being replaced by less valuable plantations, a review warned.

http://www.trust.org/item/20131114180757-53gin/

BLOG: When tenure reform for REDD+ needs a second wind – November 15, 2013

Initially promising efforts to strengthen land tenure in tropical forest countries may need a fresh injection of resources and political will if they are to be sustained, cases from Tanzania, Brazil and Indonesia show.

http://blog.cifor.org/20277/when-tenure-reform-for-redd-needs-a-second-wind#.UoY4z7lFDIU

 

A murky deal for the Congo as oil exploration threatens corruption and environmental damage – and London-based Soco International is first in the queue – November 18, 2013

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/a-murky-deal-for-the-congo-as-oil-exploration-threatens-corruption-and-environmental-damage–and-londonbased-soco-international-is-first-in-the-queue-8947899.html