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The Kyoto Protocol is not quite dead

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CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations: Insights into Sustainability Issues

In an interview with ThinktoSustain.com, Dr. Blessing J. Karumbidza and Mr. Wally Menne – who recently conducted a study on a CDM tree plantation by a Norwegian company in Tanzania – discuss the sustainability and viability issues of such tree plantations being used as carbon emission offset projects under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, and their impact on local communities and rural economies.

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CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations: A Case Study in Tanzania

This study by Timberwatch, authored by Blessing J. Karumbidza and Wally Menne, documents the tree plantation project at Idete in the Mufindi district of Iringa province in southern Tanzania, and concludes that in an African context, such monoculture tree plantation model is non-sustainable from many points of view, even with market-based mechanisms such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification in place.

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Forestry Carbon Credits Issued to a Columbian Reforestation Project

Zurich, Switzerland – South Pole’s Asorpar Reforestation Project in Colombia is proof that a sustainable approach, with a focus on biodiversity, can bring substantial financial returns. The project just issued its first 128,900 VCUs and will generate up to 1 million € for the project owner in 2011 alone. The positive revenue flow ensures project longevity and additionality and will inspire others to take a similar approach, especially in Central and South America where plantation projects exceed 95% of the forestry sector (FAO State of the World’s Forests Report 2010).

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Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism Reaches Milestone at 3000 Projects

Bonn – The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the international tool that channels investment into clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction technology in the developing world, has registered its 3,000th project, a wind power project in Inner Mongolia, China.

The project is expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas which contributes most to human-generated climate change, by more than 101,000 tonnes a year.

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Congo Community to Use Carbon Revenue to Put Kids through School

Washington / Kinshasa – A small community in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that decided to replant its degraded forest is ensuring education for hundreds of children and providing basic health care services – in part thanks to carbon revenue that their reforestation project is expected to generate.

Ibi village, located on the Batéké Plateau approximately 150 kilometers from the capital Kinshasa, is now finding itself in the spotlight as it boasts the DRC’s first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project approved and registered under the Kyoto Protocol.

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The Grand Chinese Climate Scheme

This paper by Søren Lütken titled “The Grand Chinese Climate Scheme” is first among the Risoe DTU Climate Paper Series and has been featured by CD4CDM (Capacity Development for the Clean Development Mechanism) website in November 2010.

This paper analyzes the Chinese climate policies and initiatives. It argues that China can, and should, be seen as a climate ‘champion’ that has the potential to change the current market situation both for carbon credits and clean energy technologies.

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