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California groups urge Governor to reject REDD carbon offsets
July 12, 2012
Yesterday 33 California-based organisations wrote to California’s Governor Jerry Brown requesting that international forest carbon offsets be excluded from California’s cap and trade system.
The groups “strongly support California’s climate change goals” and note that the “protection of tropical forests can play an important role in combating climate change”. But the groups are “strongly concerned” that the proposed REDD offsets, “would not provide environmental and health benefits to Californians, protect forests, or avert carbon emissions”.
Currently, California’s cap and trade system does not include international forest offsets. But a REDD Offsets Working Group, established in February 2011, will soon produce a report outlining options for REDD offsets in California’s cap and trade system. Many of the members of the Working Group are pro-carbon trading, including representatives from The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International and Environmental Defense Fund.
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Keywords: California, cap-and-trade, forest carbon, North America, policies, REDD offsets