NEW YORK, September 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — As government and business leaders gather for Climate Week in New York, founding members of the Peoples Forests Partnership launched the Fair Earth Coalition. In partnership with indigenous peoples, local communities and the Global South, the Coalition is committed to developing a new voluntary carbon market standard and platform to help end deforestation and biodiversity loss by channeling funding directly to communities.
Michael Jenkins, CEO of Forest Trends, said: “As a long-time advocate of reliable and accessible carbon markets, we are excited about a process that centers indigenous peoples and local communities. We believe this fills a major gap in the carbon ecosystem. Forest Trends is pleased to support the Equitable Earth approach, and we look forward to seeing it achieve its goal of rapidly expanding direct climate finance to communities on the front lines of efforts to save forests.
The objective of the Equitable Earth Coalition is to develop this solution through a new standard and a new voluntary carbon market (VCM) platform which are:
- Developed in partnership with indigenous peoples and local communities, with the aim of providing transformative financing directly to communities to fund their own development ambitions.
- Based on transparency, robust science and rigorous due diligence, a standardized approach to measuring carbon, social and biodiversity impacts, and best practices for ownership and inclusion of IPLCs.
- Holistic by boosting investments both to stop deforestation and to restore and manage forest ecosystems.
- Designed to integrate into national forest carbon programs that contribute to global climate commitments.
Founding members of the Coalition include Forest Trends, Wildlife Works and Everland.
Beto Borgesdirector of the Forest Trends Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative, will be Chair of Equitable Earth’s Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Advisory Group.
“The voluntary carbon market can help tackle forest loss at its roots, providing essential funding to indigenous peoples and local communities to make conservation a viable development pathway. But the market was not designed to meet the needs of communities on the ground, who hold the key to reducing emissions from deforestation. » Beto Borges said. “A suitable solution is needed now. The forests are being destroyed and we are running out of time. »
Also joining the Equitable Earth Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Advisory Group will be:
- Francisca AraraExtraordinary Secretary for Indigenous Peoples of the State of Acre, Braziland president of the Regional Committee of Brazil of the Governors’ Working Group on Climate and Forests
- Gustavo Sánchez VallePresident of the Mexican Network of Community Forestry Organizations (Red MOCAF)
- Marie Allegrettianthropologist, president of the Institute of Amazonian Studies
- Julio Barbosa de Aquino, President, National Council of Extractivist Populations (CNS)
The Coalition is growing rapidly and is currently undertaking consultations with IPLC leaders; Southern governments; project developers; carbon market players; scientific and political experts; and others, with further announcements planned for later this year.
For more information, visit www.eq-earth.com
Quotes from Equitable Earth IPLC Advisory Group Members
Francisca AraraExtraordinary Secretary for Indigenous Peoples of the State of Acre, Braziland president of the Regional Committee of Brazil from the Governors’ Working Group on Climate and Forests: “From Kyoto From now on, we hope to see a carbon standard for forest and biodiversity conservation that respects the rights of indigenous peoples and ensures equitable participation and direct financing, recognizes our land and carbon rights, and free, prior consent and Enlightened (FPIC), and which also adheres to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and recognizes our traditional knowledge“.
Gustavo Sanchez Valleypresident of the Mexican Network of Community Forestry Organizations (Red MOCAF) which promotes community forestry and supports land-owning indigenous and agricultural organizations in Mexico: “We welcome the construction of Equitable Earth, we believe that a standard for community carbon projects and other ecosystem benefits is needed, built from the start with the participation of representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations, local communities, tribal and of African descent.“.
Marie Allegrettianthropologist, president of the Institute of Amazonian Studies: “The Equitable Earth initiative is strategic to provide security and reduce pressure on communities, fills a gap and defines the rules necessary to value the contribution of communities to controlling deforestation in the Amazon.”
Julio Barbosa de Aquinoextractivist, cousin of Chico Mendes and president of National Council of Extractivist Populations (CNS): “This initiative will allow us to get closer to the reality of the traditional peoples and communities of the Amazon.”
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About the Forest Trends Communities and Land Governance Initiative
Forest Trends works to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and widespread adoption of a wide range of environmental finance, markets, and other payment and incentive mechanisms. OUR Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative partners with indigenous and other forest communities on innovations to secure their rights, livelihoods and cultures through a strategy grounded in advocacy, economic self-determination and cultural integrity.
About Wildlife Works
Founded in 1997, Wildlife Works is a community-based wildlife conservation enterprise that implements market-based solutions to protect the world’s threatened wilderness and endangered wildlife. The company was founded on the principle that if we want wildlife in our world, we must work for local communities who share their environment. Wildlife Works’ conservation projects generate direct funding to forest communities to finance their own economic development while preventing millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.
Everland helps people thrive by conserving their forests and wildlife, helping to mitigate climate change for the benefit of all. We are mobilizing transformative investments in forest communities on the front lines of stopping deforestation, halting climate change and safeguarding biodiversity, to achieve conservation outcomes at scale. Through extensive due diligence and impact reporting, we ensure our clients invest in meaningful impact and realize the full value of their support of REDD+ projects.
About the People and Forests Partnership
Forest communities hold the solutions to protect the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, but only 1% of global climate finance reaches indigenous peoples, traditional owners and local communities. The Peoples Forests Partnership – a partnership of community groups, indigenous peoples’ organizations, businesses and NGOs – exists to support forest communities’ call for their right to equitably participate in climate and conservation finance .
SOURCE Fair Earth Coalition