A new report by UK Think Tank the Policy Exchange recommends that the UK government adopt avoided deforestation policies and focus specifically on reducing peatland destruction in southeast asia, and removing harmfuhl biofuels subsidies.
The report quotes ASB research on the opportunity costs of avoided deforestation, to make its case about the relatively low cost of avoiding deforestation compared to other GHG mitigation options.
The research was conducted by Dominick Spracklen, Gil Yaron, Tara Singh, Renton Righelato and Thomas Sweetman
On August 13, Nobel Laureate, Prof Wangari Maathai visited the World Agroforestry Centre to discuss possibility for collaboration. Accompanied by daughter Wanjira Mathai, International Liaison of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya (GBM) and GIS specialist Peter Ndunda, Prof Maathai focussed on opportunities for working together on a number of carbon-poverty initiatives.
On May 27 2008, ASB Global Coordinator Brent Swallow presented research on the Opportunity Costs of Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits at "The Costs of Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation" workshop hosted by the World Bank Workshop.
This event was designed to advance the understanding of the economics of REDD by bringing together leading economists and scientists who have researched the topic and allowing them to present and discuss their methods and findings. The focus was on estimating the costs of REDD.
The 24 January Science for Environmental Policy Brief, released by the European Commission, features the ASB study on Opportunity costs for avoided deforestation. The policybrief (click for PDF) targets policymakers in the European Union, as well as the wider public. The Science for Environmental Policy briefs aim to disseminate research results so that they are both more usable for policy makers and help to communicate understanding of environmental issues to the general public.
15 November 2007 - Jakarta | The estimated 2,000 million tons of CO2 emissions from its peatlands account for two-thirds of Indonesia's total emissions. Details of the numbers and calculations are uncertain and some would say controversial, but it is clear that Indonesia's status as a major emitter has something to do with these peatland emissions.