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Key messages for COP20 (Social PreCOP)

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The Social PreCOP climate change summit brought together representatives of over 40 governments and nearly 80 civil society organisations. The meeting was held in Venezuela between 4- 7 November 2014. It was an unprecedented meeting of grassroots groups with governments in the build up to the official UN climate change negotiations, the next major conference will be held in Peru during December 2014

A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests (GJEP)

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Global Justice Ecology Project / January 2012 This video includes interviews with indigenous and local communities who are critical of the scheme known as REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) that proposes to pay developing countries to keep their forests standing. They argue REDD […]

Country Resource Maps (Global Sustainability Institute)

Global Sustainability Institute

Using data from many sources these maps illustrate important trends in the availability of freshwater, food, oil, coal and natural gas. There are also maps showing the countries with the highest debt (government and private) and levels of income inequality.

The Green Economy: the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing (Edgardo Lander)

TNI The Green Economy. The Wolf in Sheep’s clothing

 Transnational Institute (TNI) / November 2011 Venezuelan academic Edgardo Lander critiques the proposal for a green economy put forward by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which he says is the key reference document being used by almost all other multilateral bodies. He concludes the […]

The Story of REDD: A real solution to deforestation? (FERN)

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FERN / April 2012 This animated video looks at the causes of deforestation which leads to local communities losing their livelihoods and human rights abuses. As a response to climate change the United Nations and World Bank are proposing REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and […]

Reclaim the UN from corporate capture (Friends of the Earth Int)

Reclaim the UN from corporate capture

Friends of the Earth International / June 2012 Friends of the Earth released this report before the 2012 Rio+20 conference to draw attention to what it argues is the increasing influence of corporations over the United Nations system. Read report The report says companies are exerting […]

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation workshop report (ESPA)

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Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation / May 2012 The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) research programme was set up in 2010. Its goal is to “ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty reduction as […]

Key arguments against REDD+ (Carbon Trade Watch)

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Carbon Trade Watch / June 2011 According to Carbon Trade Watch REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries) is a “global initiative to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests to compensate governments and companies or owners of […]

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