Forestry and Poverty Newsletter: Issue 40, October 2012

Norway’s REDD Program Still Missing the Mark

The Norwegian Government has pledged that it will spend around USD500 million on preventing tropical deforestation in 2013, an increase of around 12 per cent on its spending in 2012.  Yet Norway’s spending on tropical forests has thus far been hit and miss, according to its own internal reports.

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Trade and Environment Newsletter Issue 12, September 2012

Eco labels as sustainability tools questioned

A recent report by IMD, Switzerland “Have EcoLabels Had Their Day” reveals that while ecolabels have been useful in increasing sustainability awareness and performance across the supply chain, business holds concerns about their credibility, their impacts on trade and their ability to transform markets to achieve more sustainable outcomes. Continue reading

New report: FSC’s Closed Shop – Shutting Down Forestry in The Developing World

Forest certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been surrounded by controversy since its inception. Most of the controversy has been generated by activist organisations publicly attacking private sector forest operators that are implementing FSC certification. There are no other industrial standards or environmental management standards that are subject to as much controversy. Continue reading

The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 23, September 2012

Greenpeace intensify campaign against small-scale farmers

Both Greenpeace and WWF have recently reiterated demands that small-scale farmers achieve certification under the RSPO. However adopting NGO demands would render farmers uncompetitive due to high costs of achieving certification. This appears to be of little concern to campaigners with an agenda to halt the palm oil industry. Continue reading

Press Release – Western Green groups undermining economic recovery, raising costs

Pro-development group says campaigners want more ‘green tape’ that will squeeze margins and kill growth

HONG KONG – Pro-development NGO World Growth has delivered a stinging rebuke of policies backed by environmental organisations such as WWF and Greenpeace that want to impose higher costs on pulp producers and forest operators at a time when the global economy is weak and commodity markets are fragile.

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Forestry and Poverty Project Newsletter – Issue 38, August 2012

Green EU Priorities in Indonesia Neglect Economic Development

The European Union (EU) has proudly announced that it spends more than half of its aid budget in Indonesia on environment-related programs – more than three times its expenditure on education, more than five times its expenditure on health, nutrition water and sanitation combined, and almost seven times the spending on economic development and trade. Continue reading