Categoria: Opinião

VCM’s requirement for regulatory surplus hinders climate action

Pedro Moura Costa[1], February 2023 1.Introduction: the urgent need to promote NBS in the Amazon There is an urgent need to promote conservation and restoration at scale. It is estimated that the sequestration and conservation of carbon stocks in vegetation can lead to 16 Gt CO2 annual benefits worldwide[2]. The importance of vegetation and nature-based […]

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Método “carrinho de sorvete” rendeu resultados imediatos para a coleta e reciclagem de embalagens cartonadas no Vietnã

Inovar requer flexibilidade. Essa e outras lições renderam algumas reflexões feitas por Thierry Sanders, Diretor da Circular Action, empresa spin-off da BVRio, após sua visita ao Vietnã. Ele foi conferir de perto as operações do projeto piloto em implementação em Saigon, onde estamos testando diferentes abordagens, levando em consideração o contexto local. O projeto precisava […]

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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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Para além dos créditos de carbono: Potencial do financiamento climático para a conservação das florestas no Brasil

Por Beto Mesquita, Diretor de Florestas e Políticas Públicas da BVRio Superando as expectativas, o financiamento para o clima foi tratado como uma questão-chave na COP 27. Porém, a decisão histórica de prever um fundo de perdas e danos para os países em desenvolvimento e mais afetados pelas alterações climáticas no Pacto de Implementação de […]

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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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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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