African Civil Society Decries Capture of the Africa Climate Summit by Corporate Interests As African leaders gather for the Africa Climate Summit, hundreds of African organisations have expressed concerns about the corporate capture of the event. The inaugural summit – held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4 to 6 September – is billed as a crucial … Read more
New analysis finds leading global carbon offset schemes are failing forests, people and the climate July 26, 2023 A first-of-its-kind comparative analysis finds that world-leading forest offsetting and REDD+ schemes – used by some of the world’s biggest polluters – are failing forests by allowing millions of credits to be generated that simply do not … Read more
New research by RFUK on the leading REDD+ and forest offsetting schemes finds major flaws in their promise to fight climate change.
A first-of-its-kind comparative analysis that finds that world-leading forest offsetting and REDD+ schemes – used by some of the world’s biggest polluters – are failing forests by allowing millions of credits to be generated that simply do not represent real emissions reductions.
Paying poorer countries to protect their forests seems like a good idea for both the climate and sustainable development. However, the reality of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) is often far more complex and difficult to navigate. This briefing unpacks some of the key issues with market-based REDD+, the alternatives that can unlock … Read more
Press Release: Gabon’s rainforest carbon credits set a precedent that could worsen climate change March 1, 2023 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As world leaders including Emmanuel Macron gather in Libreville for the ‘One Forest Summit’ , convened jointly by the governments of Gabon and France, a new investigation by the Rainforest Foundation UK has found … Read more
On Protected Areas and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: A submission to the UN Special Rapporteur April 21, 2022 In a submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ upcoming report on the impacts of protected areas to the UN General Assembly at its 77th session, RFUK has warned that despite much lip … Read more
Press Release: Over 360 organisations say “No to Nature Based Solutions!” March 15, 2022 Ahead of a vital UN moment for biodiversity, “nature-based solutions” are once again being erroneously heralded as the solution – and NGOs are pushing back. As more and more corporations and governments tout “nature-based solutions” as the means to fight the climate … Read more
Massaha’s fight to protect their ancestral forests in Gabon March 8, 2022 RFUK, Forest Peoples Programme and Greenpeace Africa have today written to the Gabonese Minister of Water, Forests, Oceans, Environment, Climate Change and Land-use Planning, Lee White, to call for an immediate halt to illegal logging in the village of Massaha’s ancestral forests, and … Read more
A Post-COP Conversation November 23, 2021 After a frenetic two weeks for RFUK and our local partners at the climate talks in Glasgow, we reflect on some of the gains, the losses, and the next steps in striving to put tropical forests and their traditional guardians at the heart of the international climate agenda. A declaration by 137 countries promising to … Read more