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Debating REDD

One prominent proposed solution to climate change is the UN-backed project Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Given that indigenous peoples inhabit the majority of remaining tropical forests, any REDD strategy or project must respect indigenous rights, including the right to free, prior, and informed consent.More »

COP Out? Peru Pulling the Plug on Environmental Oversight in View of COP 20

COP Out? Peru Pulling the Plug on Environmental Oversight in View of COP 20

March 26, 2014 | Alianza Arkana Blog | Blog Post

Peru was selected to host COP 20, and yet its Minister of Energy and Mines announced a new law that would potentially eliminate submission and approval of Environmental Impact Assessments for oil and gas companies. More »

Pace of Global Land Rights Reform Is Slowing, Says New Report

Pace of Global Land Rights Reform Is Slowing, Says New Report

Change is promised but land grabs continue and 61% of forests are still claimed by governments

February 14, 2014 | The Guardian

The report features several case studies, including one on the growing "roll call of people killed for their land rights activism" and another on Peru where land conflicts are described as "reaching a crisis" and threatening to "undermine [the country's] status as an honest broker" as the host of the UN climate talks in December this year.More »

Indigenous Amazonía

Indigenous Amazonía

On the front lines in the race to avoid ecosystem collapse

December 30, 2013 | Blog Post

We know indigenous peoples are important stewards of the environment. But specifically how do they protect their territory? Watch a presentation by Amazon Watch's Andrew Miller on specific struggles in Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador.More »

Calamity Calling: What If We Lost the Amazon?

October 28, 2013 | GlobalPost

The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world's climate. But the world's largest rainforest is now in trouble.More »

Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest

October 19, 2013 | The New York Times

In recent years, Peru has passed laws to crack down on illegal logging, as required by a 2007 free trade agreement with the United States. But large quantities of timber, including increasingly rare types like mahogany, continue to flow out, much of it ultimately heading to the United States for products like hardwood flooring and decking sold by American retailers.More »

33 Million Strong, Women Form Unprecedented Alliance

Declaration and Action Agenda Takes on Climate Change and Promotes Sustainability Solutions

September 24, 2013 | Press Release

New York, NY – Unlikely partnerships, meaningful policy, reaching beyond the choir, gender equality and a commitment to bold action were all on the agenda as 100+ women from around the world gathered in New York for three days of dialogue and deliberation at the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit.More »

Brazil Confirms Amazon Deforestation Increase

July 6, 2013 |

Data released by the Brazilian government Friday confirms an increase in Amazon forest loss. INPE's data shows that deforestation is pacing 14 percent higher than last year, when forest loss was the lowest since annual record-keeping began in the late 1980s.More »

Mahogany’s Last Stand

Illegal logging has all but wiped out Peru's mahogany. Loggers are turning their chain saws on lesser known species critical to the health of the rain forest.

April 2013 | National Geographic

Illicit practices are believed to account for three-fourths of the annual Peruvian timber harvest. Despite a crackdown on mahogany logging that began five years ago and a sharp decline in production, much of the timber reaching markets in the industrialized world is reported to be of illegal origin. Most of those exports have gone to the U.S. but are now increasingly bound for Asia.More »

Internationally-Renowned Environmental Leader Marina Silva Visits San Francisco Bay Area

Trip agenda includes roundtable discussion with Bay Area environmental leaders, Bioneers presentations

October 18, 2012 | Press Release

San Francisco, CA – In a rare visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, 1996 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Marina Silva will introduce the Bay Area environmental community to her newly-launched center on sustainable development, Instituto Marina Silva, at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Goldman Prize and Amazon Watch.More »

California Groups Urge Governor to Reject International Forest Carbon Credits

July 11, 2012 | Press Release

San Francisco, CA – A group of over 30 California-based organizations yesterday sent a letter to Governor Brown urging him to reject the use of international forest carbon offsets credits in the state's cap and trade system. More »

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