18 Jul 2014
Here you will find a round-up of all the latest news and events in mechanisms from around the world.
- Jean Bakouma, from WWF France, asks: “Does FSC certification in the Congo Basin guarantee social responsibility?”
- Debate: Free trade or Fair trade. An event, hosted by Blue & Green Tomorrow, is taking place this September. The panel includes: Sam Bowman, from the Adam Smith Institute; Linda Whetstone, Chairperson of the Network for a Free Society and board member at the Institute of Economic Affairs; and representatives from both the Fairtrade Foundation and the Rainforest Alliance.
- “There are many laws and principles governing the environment but collectively they do not provide any guarantee that a tourism business will be sustainable,” says Dr. David W. Randle and Dr Reese Halter, adding, “tourism business can further sustainable practices by becoming certified through a program that meets the Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria.”
- The Broulee biodiversity certification strategy was developed as a solution to ongoing planning, development and biodiversity issues in the remaining undeveloped urban area of Broulee - Emily Barton explains the strategy.
- As part of its goal to promote sustainable agriculture, SlowFood Italy are working towards a Common Agricultural Policy that does more to incentivize producers who use local ecotypes.
- The data is clear: Ecosystems services, green infrastructure and natural capital are moving from theory to practice.
- Natural capital valuation offers water companies a powerful tool to identify sustainability challenges, engage stakeholders and drive innovation in low-carbon technologies, a recent meeting of water industry executives concluded.
- The Natural Capital Coalition have announced the two cosortia that will further develop the Natural Capital Protocol -- IUCN and WBCSD. The Protocol will provide a methodology for businesses across the world to understand the impacts they have and the extent to which they are dependent on the natural environment.
- The global carbon market faces a setback after Australia killed-off plans for a carbon trading scheme and carbon tax. In response, Paul Twomey, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets, wrote an obituary. Meanwhile, “scientists freak out.”
- New research concludes that carbon pricing really works, finding that Australia's emissions would be 11 to 17 million tonnes higher if they had never introduced the carbon price. But the benefits of pricing carbon didn’t stop there: Tasmania gained jobs and income from the laws and now it is set to lose out.
- Britain said it wants bigger reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System than those proposed, favouring cancelling a "significant number" of carbon permits over launching a tool to regulate market supply.
CO2 emissions. Source: Huffington Post.