Press release: Western ‘deforestation aid’ is immoral, threatens developing economies

Doha — Pro-growth NGO World Growth has released a briefing — Immoral Aid: The effect of REDD+ on developing country economies – at the UN climate conference in Qatar. It warns the donor-driven “REDD+” program to reduce emissions from deforestation advances Western interests to the detriment of developing countries.  A review of the program by the World Bank also shows it is grossly inefficient, costing US$22 million to disburse just $4 million in grants. Continue reading

Forestry and Poverty Newsletter: Issue 41, November 2012

World Bank delivers scathing review of REDD program

The World Bank’s evaluation group has published a scathing review of the Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), giving the impression of a program that has spiralled out of control. The group also pointed out that high expectations and over-optimism surrounding REDD and carbon markets are largely responsible. Continue reading

New Report: Wronging Indonesia – The EU’s Bait and Switch Illegal Logging Policy

The EU is delaying implementation of a ‘Voluntary Partnership Agreement’ (VPA) with Indonesia on illegal timber exports. Indonesia has complied with EU demands at significant cost, but the delays mean Indonesia’s exporters will now have to comply with a different, more costly system of regulation. This report examines the implications.  Continue reading

The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 25, October 2012

Proposed French palm oil tax likely to push up prices, breach WTO and harm smallholders

A French Socialist Senator has introduced an amendment that would levy a tax on palm oil coming into France on the grounds it is harmful to human health.  The tax proposed would increase the cost of cosmetics and baked goods, most likely breaches France’s obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization, and makes producers of palm oil in developing countries, particularly smallholders in Asia and Africa, uncompetitive in the French market. Continue reading