Category: Opinion

The pursuit of integrity and its impact on climate action

Carbon markets are at a pivotal moment. On one hand, there is the need to ensure integrity of credits. On the other, the perception of risk about credit quality may spook investors. Pedro Moura Costa asks how to balance these forces to create the most climate impact?   Background: market confusion The outgoing year saw […]

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Beyond Carbon Credits: the potential of climate finance to promote greater ambitions in tropical forest conservation

By Beto Mesquita, BVRio’s Director of Forests and Public Policies. Exceeding expectations, climate finance was treated as a key issue at COP27, but the conference outcomes still fall far short of what is needed to increase the world’s climate ambition. The historic decision to create a loss and damage fund for developing countries and those […]

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Campanha de solidariedade aos catadores e catadoras do Brasil

Cologne & Waste Pickers: The evolution of waste collection

Circular Action Director, Thierry Sanders, reflects on this year’s Plastic Waste Free World Conference & Expo and on the evolution of waste collection. The hall of the Plastic Free World trade fair at the Kolner Messe is bustling with international visitors passing by stands of paper packaging as alternatives to plastic. Also on display are […]

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Corresponding Adjustments and their Impact on NDCs and Additionality

Published on Ecosystems Marketplace, this opinion piece by BVRio Director, Pedro Moura Costa, aims to illustrate the impacts of corresponding adjustments on voluntary carbon markets, a useful analysis to inform policymakers and market players as to when to require the use of adjustments. Enthusiasm for international carbon trading must be tempered by the need to […]

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The EU proposal to reduce deforestation, what does it mean for the timber sector?

The European Commission has proposed a new regulation to reduce global deforestation and forest degradation driven by EU consumption of certain commodities. If enacted, the proposed regulation would repeal the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), therefore, having relevant implications for this sector. In this article, BVRio outlines some of the features of this proposal. The proposed […]

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Tetekon is the new Iroko : Lesser-Known Timber Species are the best way to go!

Tetekon is the new Iroko : Lesser-Known Timber Species are the best way to go!

There are over 50,000 species of timber in the world, but only a small fraction is widely used commercially. This, however, does not mean that the rest of the species are unsuitable for a variety of commercial uses. There under-utilised species are known as Lesser-Known and Lesser-Used Timber Species (LKTS) and can often substitute more popular species in terms of performance and aesthetics, and cost-effectiveness. This makes choosing LKTS a good business decision, which also has the potential to improve livelihoods and protect biodiversity.

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Illegal timber trade from Brazil and the need for robust due diligence

Illegal timber trade from Brazil and the need for robust due diligence

At the 12th BRICS Summit, held via video conference on the 17th November 2020, the Brazilian government “threatened to disclose” that “Europeans have purchased illegal timber from Brazil during 2017”.
Indeed, this is true.
Recent analysis by BVRio concluded that a high percentage of Brazilian hardwoods, exported to EU member states and the USA in 2016-2017, had a very high risk of illegality. The study was based on BVRio’s Timber Due Diligence systems, that uses big data analysis and satellite imagery and is able to able to identify the risk of irregularities in 99% of cases.

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Indonesian forestry sector

Analysis: Indonesian forestry sector

According to the FAO (2015), Indonesia has around 91 million hectares of forested land, which constitutes to 53% of the total land area. Indonesia has three categories of forest land: Conservation Forests, Protection Forests, and Production Forests. More than half of the Indonesian forest area is production forest and 87% is owned by the State.

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