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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Stanford Draws Links Between CA Drought and Greenhouse Gases

Scientists have tentatively drawn a link between human-induced climate change and California’s ongoing record drought. The atmospheric patterns behind the severe drought in California are “very likely” due to human-induced climate change, and are more likely to occur in the future with increased greenhouse gases, according to a study by scientists at Stanford University. The report, […]

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 […]

Chief Tashka Yawanawa talks REDD

Take the Governor’s Climate Science pledge

Take the Governor’s Climate Science pledge Take action to reduce California’s impact on tropical deforestation and use the cap-and-trade program to protect global forests and stop the 15% of global emissions that result from the destruction and degradation of forests. Support California’s tropical forest sectoral crediting actions through their partnerships and linking more partners to […]

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