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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.


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–and-londonbased-soco-international-is-first-in-the-queue-8947899.html