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CEES Partnering to Create Amazon Forest Carbon Credits

"Five environmental trust funds in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have joined with Columbia University’s Center for Environment, Economy, and Society to establish the Amazon ForestCarbon Partnership, a collaboration to reduce carbon emissions and provide an economic alternative for forest dwelling communities and commercial enterprises in the Amazon. The issue of forest carbon credit,in which wealthy countries offset their emissions by compensating land holders for preserving forests, was a core point of negotiations at the global climate summit in Copenhagen."Click here to read more.


New York Times Science front page devoted to CEES' ESSEG program

"[...] the researchers, from the Center for Environment, Economy and Society, at Columbia, haveRevisions begun a sweepingeffort to identify and repair problems in the town and region and to capitalize on their assets. They have recruited fishermen volunteers to count marine mammals, assess the health of coral reefs and measure the effect of invasive water plants. With townspeople, they are devising projects to improve sanitation. And they are working with farmers and fishermen to determine fair compensation for people who contribute to better offshore water quality by keeping their cattle away from inland streams." Click hereto read more.


 Cap-and-Trade for Trees

"[Don Melnick] had calculated the number of deaths that year due to deforestation and otherforms of environmental degradation. It came to 1 million a month—or a toll equal to that of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami every week. "If we fail to act," he told the delegates, "we will become the willing executioners of the millions whose lives are lost every year as a resultof the degradation of nature." Melnick pressed on with his plea to preserve clean water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, and forests, concluding with a cursory description of the proposed carbon-trading scheme for preventing deforestation."  Click here to read more.

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