Brazilian Coalition urges California to adopt tropical forest credits into Cap and Trade program

The Brazilian Coalition is composed of more than 110 Brazilian companies, research centers and civil society organizations with the objective of debate on climate change, and has a strong presence in the formulation and monitoring of public policies for climate in Brazil.

April 27, 2016

The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Brown,

We are following the proposal for inclusion of forest sector offsets from programs and projects of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Land Degradation (REDD+)” in California’s AB 32 program, which will soon be voted on by the Air Resources Board. As climate change is a universal problem, we commend California’s efforts to design and drive innovative solutions aimed at tackling climate change not only within its borders but elsewhere in the world.

International Sector Based Offset Credits is one of many programs under consideration as part of the Law for Solutions for Global Warming (AB32) and is an important mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and protecting tropical forests, upon which many communities’ lives and livelihoods depend, especially traditional and indigenous communities living in the Brazilian Amazon.

Thus, we write to express the support of the Brazilian Coalition for Climate, Forest and Agriculture to the State of California for its significant efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions domestically, and also for considering the importance of tropical forest conservation and the involvement of local communities in these efforts.

The possibility of compensation for emissions offsets included in the cap-and-trade program of California represents a positive signal for the consolidation of an international mechanism for REDD+ which promises to create real benefits for climate, communities, and forest conservation in Brazil as well as in other developing countries. We believe that California should continue leading the inclusion of REDD+ within its system since this approach allows a significant, permanent and long-term funding pathway that is complementary to the mechanisms currently under discussion in the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ).

The Brazilian Coalition is composed of more than 110 Brazilian companies, research centers and civil society organizations1 with the objective of debate climate change, and has a strong presence in the formulation, monitoring and monitoring of public policies for climate in Brazil.

With our deepest expressions of esteem and appreciation,

Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura

Members

The following companies and institutions have joined the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture:

  1. Abag – Associação Brasileira do Agronegócio
  2. ABBI – Associação Brasileira de Biotecnologia Industrial
  3. ABCZ – Associação Brasileira de Criadores de Zebu
  4. Abiove
  5. ABPMA – Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Mogno Africano
  6. Agrícola Conduru
  7. Agroicone
  8. Agropalma
  9. Agrosatélite Geotecnologia Aplicada
  10. AMA Brasil – Associação dos Misturadores de Adubos do Brasil
  11. Amaggi
  12. Amata
  13. Apremavi
  14. Arapar Participações
  15. Asboasnovas
  16. ATA Consultoria
  17. Atrium Forest Consulting
  18. Biofílica
  19. Brookfield
  20. BvRio – Bolsa de Valores Ambientais
  21. Cargill
  22. Carrefour
  23. Cause
  24. CDP
  25. Cebds – Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenv. Sustentável
  26. Cenibra
  27. Centro de Sensoriamento Remoto (CSR) da UFMG
  28. CI – Conservação Internacional
  29. Copersucar
  30. Corredor das Onças ARIE Matão de Cosmópolis/ ICMBio
  31. Corredor Ecológico do Vale do Paraíba
  32. Crível Comunicação
  33. Danone
  34. Diálogo Florestal
  35. Duratex
  36. Ecofuturo
  37. Editora Horizonte
  38. Eldorado Brasil Celulose
  39. Envolverde
  40. Etel Carmona
  41. Eucatex
  42. FAS – Fundação Amazonas Sustentável
  43. Fauna & Flora International
  44. FBDS – Fórum Brasileiro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável
  45. Fibria
  46. Firmenich
  47. Fórum Clima
  48. Fundação Avina
  49. Fundação Grupo Boticário de Proteção à Natureza
  50. FSC Brasil
  51. GCN Advogados
  52. Geoflorestas Soluções Ambientais
  53. Gerdau
  54. Grupo Boticário
  55. Grupo Libra
  56. Grupo Lorentzen
  57. Grupo Pau Campeche
  58. Grupo Plantar
  59. GTA – Grupo de Trabalho Amazônico
  60. GTPS – Grupo de Trabalho da Pecuária Sustentável
  61. GVces – Centro de Estudos em Sustentabilidade da FGV-EAESP
  62. Ibá – Indústria Brasileira de Árvores
  63. IBIO – Instituto Bioatlântica
  64. ICLEI – SAMS
  65. ICOON – Instituto Corredor das Onças
  66. ICV – Instituto Centro de Vida
  67. IDESAM – Instituto de Conserv. e Desenv. Sustentável do Amazonas
  68. IDS – Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade
  69. Imaflora
  70. Imazon
  71. Iniciativa Verde
  72. Inpacto – Instituto Nacional Para Erradicação do Trabalho Escravo
  73. Instituto Akatu
  74. Instituto Arapyaú
  75. Instituto Ecológica Palmas
  76. Instituto Ekos Brasil
  77. Instituto Escolhas
  78. Instituto Ethos
  79. Instituto Inhotim
  80. Instituto Internacional para Sustentabilidade
  81. Instituto LIFE
  82. Instituto Terra
  83. IPAM – Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia
  84. IPE – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas
  85. Klabin
  86. Laboratório de Ecologia de Paisagens e Conservação IB-USP
  87. Laboratório de Gestão de Serviços Ambientais (Lagesa) da UFMG
  88. Maker Brands
  89. Mater Natura – Instituto de Estudos Ambientais
  90. Melhoramentos Florestal
  91. Monsanto
  92. MOV Investimentos
  93. Natura
  94. NEA/Economia/Unicamp
  95. NELM Advogados
  96. Observatório do Clima
  97. Observatório do Código Florestal
  98. Oela
  99. Pacto pela Restauração da Mata Atlântica
  100. Pangea Capital
  101. Partner Desenvolvimento
  102. P&B Comunicação
  103. Piza
  104. Precious Woods Holding
  105. Proforest Brasil
  106. Rainforest Business School – Programa Amazônia em Transformação – IEA/USP
  107. RAPS – Rede de Ação Política pela Sustentabilidade
  108. Rede Social
  109. Seiva Consultoria em Meio Ambiente & Sustentabilidade
  110. Social Carbon
  111. Solidaridad Network
  112. SOS Mata Atlântica
  113. Souto Correa Advogados
  114. SRB – Sociedade Rural Brasileira
  115. Suzano Papel e Celulose
  116. TFA- The Forest Dialogue
  117. Thymus Branding
  118. TNC – The Nature Conservancy
  119. Toledo Piza Consultoria Ambiental
  120. UICN – União Internacional para a Conservação da Natureza
  121. UNICA – União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar
  122. Unilever
  123. VCS
  124. Veracel
  125. WestRock
  126. WRI – World Resources Institute
  127. WWF – Brasil

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