Tropical Forest and Climate Coalition - Resources

Official TFCC Documents

Information included below does not necessarily represent the opinions of all coalition members.

Fact Sheets

Tropical Forests After Copenhagen: Climate Policy in 2010 and Beyond
Although the nearly 200 countries participating in the December United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen failed to agree on a legally binding treaty to reduce global warming emissions, they did make important progress in one area: a set of policies referred to as REDD-plus...
For more...go to Union of Concerned Scientists fact sheet

A Day in the Life of a Carbon Credit for Reduced Deforestation
There is broad domestic and international support to include the policy approach called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in climate policy. Allowing credit for deforestation reductions within climate legislation can significantly reduce the costs of a U.S. climate program. It is also a powerful way to get major emitting developing countries to make their own emissions reduction commitments.
For more...go to Environmental Defense Fund fact sheet

Want to Protect Agriculture Here? Protect Forests There
Illegal overseas agriculture and timber operations in tropical countries are depressing commodity prices and undercutting U.S. competitiveness. We can level the playing field and save American farms and jobs by protecting tropical forests for future generations.
For more...go to Ohio Corn Growers Association/Avoided Deforestation Partners fact sheet

Why Reducing Deforestation is Crucial
Despite the fact that deforestation is the second leading contributor of carbon emissions worldwide after the burning of fossil fuels, countries currently have few incentives for preserving their forests. However, deforestation is finally gaining attention in international discussions on climate change.
For more...go to The Nature Conservancy fact sheet

Carbon Credits for Reduced Deforestation (REDD) Diagram
See step-by-step how carbon credits for reduced deforestation are created, financed, verified, purchased, and ultimately provide sustainable economic alternatives for forest communities.
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REDD Initiatives Around the World
REDD initiatives are happening around the world. Support for REDD is gaining traction in national and sub-national climate change policy in developed and developing countries. This map highlights several examples of where and how this is happening.
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Report from the Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests: Protecting the Climate Forests
October 2009
The Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests – a bipartisan group of leaders from business, government, advocacy, conservation, global development, science and national security – released a report calling on policymakers to make halving emissions from tropical deforestation by 2020 a cornerstone of the U.S. climate change response.
For more...go to report

Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots: The Green Belt Movement Approach
2009 Report
With over 30 years of experience in engaging communities at the grassroots to address issues of environmental degradation, gender and human rights, GBM offers an integrated response to climate change.
For more...go to Green Belt Movement report

Reducing Emissions through Avoided Deforestation in the Maya Biosphere Reserve
October 2009
In 1990 the government of Guatemala created the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) with over two million hectares in northern Petén to guarantee the preservation of the natural and cultural patrimony for future generations.
For more...go to Rainforest Alliance report

Mapping and monitoring carbon stocks with satellite observations: a comparison of methods
March 2009
Mapping and monitoring carbon stocks in forested regions of the world, particularly the tropics, has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years as deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 30% of anthropogenic carbon emissions, and are now included in climate change negotiations.
For more...go to WHRC report

Tropical Deforestation and Climate Change
December 2005
Policies to compensate reduced deforestation are critical to international efforts to preserve tropical biodiversity and to slow global warming. This compilation of papers provides a detailed exploration as to why.
For more...go to report

Additional Resources

Conservation Online REDD Materials
A repository of The Nature Conservancy's materials on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).
[TNC's REDD Materials]

A Guide to EDF's REDD Resources
A comprehensive list of publications by EDF and others on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), on topics including international and U.S. climate policy, tropical deforestation, economics, biodiversity, case studies, indigenous rights, measuring and monitoring, and science.
[EDF's REDD Resources]