The new report from Ecosystem Marketplace “View from the Understory: State of Forest Carbon Finance 2016″ has just been released. We were glad to be able to contribute to this publication with our knowledge and on-the-ground experience. The report’s release is timely. The Paris Climate Agreement enters into force these days, and it especially promotes forest protection as an important instrument to stabilize our climate.
Science has shown time and again that all activities that preserve and sustainably manage forests and forest landscapes are one of the most effective tools to fight climate change because they lock greenhouse gases in natural “carbon sinks”. The report urges policy makers and companies to step up their efforts to protect world’s forest ecosystems by financing activities that help to improve forest management, and switch to sustainable agriculture and agroforestry systems. So far, finance for forests remains far short of what is needed given the fact that deforestation causes 3 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
We at CO2OL/ForestFinest, together with our parent company NatureBank, are dedicated to advance sustainable forestry and agroforestry which help to safeguard a lifeline of our societies. We design, manage and market forestry and agroforestry projects around the world, most notably in Latin America and Africa. We assist governments, land owners and project developers in their efforts to promote sustainable land use.
We look forward to continue to work with Ecosystem Marketplace to foster the understanding of environmental finance and markets as well as providing transparency and information for market participants and the public. The report can be downloaded here: http://forest-trends.org/releases/p/sofcf2016