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How to integrate remote sensing into the forest carbon market, the right way

Apr 7 2023

The forest carbon market quantifies and monetizes the climate benefits of preserving and growing healthy forest ecosystems. The industry has seen rapid growth in recent years and is demanding quality and scalability. Standards bodies, such as the American Carbon Registry (ACR), the world’s oldest private greenhouse gas (GHG) registry, are gatekeepers for quality assurance and […]

“Be My (socially responsible) Valentine?” How Winrock is reducing child labor in Ghana’s cocoa industry

Feb 14 2023

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be as sweet without chocolate. And though cocoa is native to South America, nowadays, the world’s two largest chocolate producers are in West Africa. In fact, my home country, Ghana, is the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer, just after our next-door neighbors, Ivory Coast.   So when a colleague invited me to write about […]

Acting together: Understanding and fostering collective impact are key to the USAID Reducing Pollution project in Vietnam

Jun 30 2022

In 2020, when I received my master’s degree in climate change from Vietnam National University in Hanoi, I had already been working in the environmental sector on and off for over 10 years. My experiences in health, tourism and education during those years were valuable for many reasons, including that they crystallized for me that […]
Garjan trees, once widespread in eastern Bangladesh, have since become degraded due to population pressure, illegal felling, encroachment, and erosion.

ACR Carbon Markets 101: Additionality and Baselines for Improved Forest Management Projects

Apr 16 2022

ACR is launching a blog series to explore and explain carbon markets and how ACR tackles various issues in our ongoing mission to set the bar for carbon credit quality. Our first post is on additionality and baselines for Improved Forest Management (IFM) projects. Demand for voluntary carbon credits has doubled in recent years and […]

Gender Equality Today Means a More Sustainable Tomorrow for All

Mar 8 2022

The implications of not providing women with equal voices, choices and opportunities affect not just their lives, but the future of the planet. Efforts to promote inclusive sustainable development and fight climate change are inextricably linked. At Winrock, we understand the urgency in engaging with women in the pressing threat that climate change poses, today, […]

Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART) 2021: The Year in Review

Feb 11 2022

The progress ART achieved in 2021 with collaborators significantly broadened opportunities to unlock inclusive, large-scale solutions from forests that support achievement of the ambitious climate and sustainable development goals of the Paris Agreement. We would like to acknowledge the continued leadership from ART’s independent board of directors, who provide ongoing strategic guidance and help to […]

Concordia Live: Supporting Underbanked Small Businesses in the U.S. South and Southeast

Feb 7 2022

My colleague Tonitrice Wicks and I recently participated in the first Concordia Live event of 2022. Concordia’s monthly live webinars spark global conversations and highlight innovative partnerships across the Concordia community. The topic for this first webinar of the year was chosen intentionally because it lasers in on one of the root causes of the […]

The World’s Forgotten Forests: Stable Forests as a Climate Solution

Jan 4 2022

Forests truly are the lungs of our planet. They absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen (O2). Their protection is vital to regulate our climate, but also to maintain biodiversity, filter and regulate water, and form the soil and clouds that feed our fields and pastures. At the U.N.’s 2021 Climate Change […]

Unavoidable Consumption: Escaping “The Bad Place” – While We Still Can

Nov 1 2021

A storyline in the NBC sitcom “The Good Place” results in all humanity being damned to “The Bad Place” because the nature of modern life ─ not least our seemingly innate, hyper-consumptive human nature ─ means we cannot avoid negative impacts on the planet and all others who live here. Is this the reality of […]
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