Deforestation and other changes in land use, mainly in the tropics, now
account for roughly 20 percent of climate pollution worldwide.
In fact, deforestation does more to deepen the climate crisis than the
world's cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined. If done right, new
strategies to protect and manage forests would help stabilize the Earth’s
climate, alleviate global poverty, improve international security, conserve
treasured natural places, and reduce the cost of climate action.
Climate Advisers is a global leader in developing and analyzing policy
solutions and investment vehicles for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
from the forest sector. We have designed and helped capitalize major
new investment partnerships, including the world's first multilateral fund
to reward developing nations for reducing deforestation rates. We also have
completed a global economic and spacial analysis of the emerging geography
of forest carbon asset supply. In addition, we have led policy
dialogues on forest carbon, bringing business and nonprofit stakeholders
together to craft consensus recommendations.
Climate Advisers' Managing Director Michael Wolosin released a new discussion paper that argues for including climate in cost-benefit analyses the Millennium Challenge Corporation uses for selecting projects, most immediately in Indonesia's Green Prosperity program. He also considers several technical challenges to doing so, and recommends an Indonesia-specific estimate of the social cost of carbon as an initial value.
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Climate Advisers, Profundo, and other groups have released a new analysis that discusses serious undisclosed risks associated with the scheduled December 12 Initial Public Offering of the palm oil company PT Sawit Subermas Sarana (SSMS) on the Jakarta Stock Exchange. The report highlights poor social and environmental practices carried out by SSMS, including holding contested land banks and engaging in illegal deforestation, in addition to financial decisions that underrepresent shareholders and demonstrate a clear conflict of interest with lenders. This analysis is the first product of a new series produced by Profundo, Climate Advisers, and other partners that will provide analysts and investors with reliable, thorough, and financially actionable information about sustainability and governance performance of key companies in commodity sectors that may be linked to deforestation.
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Norway's Ministry of Finance banned Norway's Government Pension Fund – Global from investing in two companies in the global logging and palm oil sectors because each pose an "unacceptable risk that the company is responsible for severe environmental damage": WTK Berhad Holdings and Ta Ann Berhad. Both companies have significant operations in Malaysia's Sarawak province, a global biodiversity hotspot and critical global carbon sink.
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The production of just four agricultural commodities is responsible for over half of global deforestation. Companies across the world have realized the threat that deforestation and climate change pose to their supply chains and business models. A new paper prepared by Climate Advisers for seven global NGOs explores the policy opportunities for a promising new public-private partnership - the Tropical Forest Alliance. It sets forth concrete recommendations for how the Obama Administration can work together with the private sector to promote deforestation-free commodities.
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