The Forests 4 Climate Initiative is the redesigned version of the REDD Offset Working Group (ROW), which was established in February 2011 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2010 between the Governors of California, Chiapas, and Acre, as part of a collaborative effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest […]

Under 2 MOU – Subnational Global Climate Leadership Memorandum of Understanding

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Gov. Brown Addresses World Leaders on Climate

California stood in the international spotlight once again as Governor Jerry Brown addressed world leaders in New York last week on the importance of combating climate change at the state level, and discussed expanding the state’s landmark climate goals. The speech was part of the United Nations 2014 Climate Summit in New York that brought […]

New Global Agreement on Forests

At the recent landmark Climate Summit in New York City, one achievement stood out among the rest: the international agreement to end global deforestation by 2030. The New York Declaration on Forests was signed by 150 businesses, numerous NGOs, indigenous peoples and governments including the state of California. The commitment, if achieved, could result in […]

Tropical States Forge a Path for Climate

Tropical states and provinces gathered in Rio Branco, Brazil on August 11th to commit to reduce deforestation 80% by 2020. The agreement could ultimately result in 3.8 billion tons of avoided CO2 emissions; for reference, California’s current commitments under AB32 will avoid an estimated 80 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2020. The states who signed the Rio […]

California and Mexico to Collaborate on Climate, Forests

Governor Brown gave a lift to global efforts to combat deforestation on Monday when he signed an historic agreement with the Mexico Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to collaboratively address climate change. The Memorandum of Understanding encourages partners to work together on reducing emissions from deforestation, along with renewable energy […]

Report: Protecting Community Forest Rights Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

A new, exhaustive analysis of community forest rights across the globe links the protection of those rights to reducing carbon emissions from deforestation. The report, produced by the World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative, suggests that building and strengthening systems of land rights and tenure for forest dependent communities is an effective […]

California Pursuing Closer Climate Collaboration with Mexico

This Sunday, July 27, California Governor Jerry Brown will begin a trade mission to Mexico, emphasizing international cooperation in combatting global climate change. The goal of the trip is to boost bilateral trade and environmental protection, and it will provide the governor and other participants an opportunity to discuss how California might play a role in […]

UNEP releases report on intergrating REDD+ into Green Economy Approaches

An investment of US $30 billion per year, which is under 7% of the US $480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies, in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can accelerate the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term well being of tens of millions in developing countries– stated the […]

California and Peru sign MOU with focus on climate change

California has gained another partner in the fight against global climate change with signing a memorandum of understanding with Peru.