We are beginning to awaken to our international obligations on climate change issues and the world is beginning to understand the importance of avoided deforestation in the tropics as a key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the principle driver of climate change.
Even though 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the last 20 years have resulted from deforestation primarily in the tropics, the clean development mechanisms (CDMs) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, specifically the Marrakesh Accords under LULUCF of the Kyoto Protocols, have ignored the value of standing forests within the cap and trade system. In spite of this insult to tropical countries trying to preserve their forests, Costa Rica has nevertheless moved forward successfully with over a decade of verification and administration of this innovative and ethically sound avoided deforestation program.
While primarily funded by a carbon tax within Costa Rica, the Pax Natura Foundation has now demonstrated that funding for the program can be derived from the voluntary carbon markets in the U.S. and beyond. It is far more economical, for example, to preserve a CO2 molecule in tropical rain forests than to invest in carbon capture and storage or avoided deforestation in North America according to the PewCenter on Climate Change at Harvard University. No other country has such a proven track record of successful management of it’s forests, including carbon sequestration, as Costa Rica.
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Carbon Credits from the ForestLast Updated on 2008-09-11 16:38:46I recently returned from Costa Rica on a mission to work towards achieving CCB certification for the Pax Natura Project. The science involved in calculating how much carbon is sequestered in a tropical rainforest is amazing. Quite alluring actually.
There is nothing like it. Walking around with oodles of foresters who are measuring the circumference of tree trunks, inventorying the range of tree species and analyzing what is compacted to make the floor of the forest.
It's not guesswork, I can tell you that.
More later on the adventures of capturing carbon in the rain forests of Costa Rica.
Global Climate Change as Incentive for Carbon Sequestration through Avoided DeforestationLast Updated on 2008-01-06 00:00:00Virtually the entire world is now aware that the global climate is changing. Sea levels are rising, glaciers and ice sheets are retreating, water and air temperatures are fluctuating from historic norms, and weather systems have become more severe. The impact this may have on human civilization is a subject of much contention, but it is clear already that the ecology of the planet is under serious stress. Such phenomena as the disappearance of amphibian species, the bleaching of tropical corals, changes in patterns of animal migration and earlier plant flowering may be warnings of ever more serious changes ahead.
Global use of Fossil Fuels The mechanics of this change are complex, but the unprecedented release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels burned in the ongoing industrialization of our world is without doubt the primary culprit. Ancient deposits of coal, petroleum and... More »
Carbon Finance Project PartnersLast Updated on 2008-01-01 18:31:36Pax Natura Foundation
The Pax Natura Foundation is a non-profit, charitable and educational foundation dedicated to establishing Peace with Nature worldwide, demonstrating humanity’s place in the environment and the deep interconnectedness of all life, and preserving the tremendous biodiversity of the rainforest.
The Pax Natura Foundation was established to promote Peace with Nature. From every corner of the globe this universal declaration is taking form across political, religious, and social boundaries. As a result, a growing number of concerned citizens are beginning to celebrate the inherent right of all living species on this planet to live in harmony with the natural world and seek to redress and help restore the beauty and abundance of nature. This declaration also acknowledges the organizing power and intelligence residing within natural systems... More »
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