State of Emerging Voluntary Markets

State of Emerging Environmental Markets: James Peters on PES as Vehicles for Biodiversity Conservation

June 23, 2010
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As part of the State of Emerging Environmental Markets session, James Peters, Chief Technical Advisor to the Asian Development Bank EOC, discusses Payments for Ecosystem Services as financial vehicles for biodiversity conservation, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Poverty Reduction and Rural Development.
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State of Emerging Environmental Markets: an Overview, Kate Hamilton from Forest Trends

June 23, 2010
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To kick off the State of Emerging Environmental Markets session Kate Hamilton, from Forest Trends, provides an overview of environmental markets in general.
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State of Emerging Environmental Markets: Richard Caines, International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the IFC’s role in REDD and forestry

June 23, 2010
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Richard Caines from the International Finance Corporation takes the Katoomba meeting through a whistle stop tour of the the IFC’s role in REDD and forestry.
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Speaker Biography: Richard Caines, Principal Specialist, Environmental and Social Development, East Asia and Pacific International Finance Corporation (IFC)

June 10, 2010
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Richard Caines is head of the environmental and social development program in the East Asia and Pacific Region, responsible for ensuring that the Corporation’s investment work aligns with its sustainability objective. Working closely with clients and other IFC staff, this includes appropriate risk management and identification of environment and social opportunities to improve a client’s business performance. His area of technical focus is biodiversity and sustainable natural resource management. Richard joined IFC in 1998. Prior to his current position, Richard was the Manager of the IFC’s Knowledge and Innovation Group, which focused on capturing the Corporation’s social and environmental ‘know-how’ and communicating it effectively to both internal and external audiences.

Richard trained as a marine biologist. Prior to joining IFC, he worked on marine pollution issues in the NGO sector and ran the UK due diligence and management systems business for the global consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM).

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Speaker Biography: Katherine Hamilton, Director, Ecosystem Marketplace

April 23, 2010
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Katherine Hamilton is the Managing Director of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace. At Ecosystem Marketplace, she has authored numerous pieces on carbon and water markets, as well as co-authored the book Voluntary Carbon Markets and three annual State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets reports.  Before joining Ecosystem Marketplace, Katherine worked as a Hixon Center for Urban Ecology Fellow with the United Nations Development Program-Latin America/Caribbean and as a lead research assistant at the Yale Environmental Law and Policy Center. She has also held positions with Natural Capitalism Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, the International Council for Science in Paris, France, and teaching outdoor environmental education. Katherine holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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Video: State of Emerging Voluntary Markets

April 2, 2010
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Video: State of Emerging Voluntary Markets.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on State of Emerging Voluntary Markets at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

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Panel Resources: State of Emerging Voluntary Markets

May 2, 2009
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There are many fundamental questions about the the state of the current voluntary carbon markets such as transaction volumes, credit prices, project types, locations, and themotivations of buyers in this market.  Over the past several years, these markets havenot only become an opportunity for citizen consumer action, but also an alternativesource of carbon finance and an incubator for carbon market innovation.There are many fundamental questions about the the state of the current voluntary carbon markets such as transaction volumes, credit prices, project types, locations, and themotivations of buyers in this market.  Over the past several years, these markets havenot only become an opportunity for citizen consumer action, but also an alternativesource of carbon finance and an incubator for carbon market innovation.

As the voluntary carbon markets have rapidly gained traction, the answers, to these questionshave become increasingly important to investors, policymakers, and environmentalistsalike. For example, since the last edition of this report, we have seen various U.S. climate bills make reference to voluntary carbon offset standards, the Japanesegovernment launch a voluntary carbon-offsetting scheme, and the U.K. governmentissue an official definition of “carbon neutral.”

Proving the legitimacy of carbon offset projects remains a major issue in themarketplace, leading to a so-called “flight to quality.”  Last year saw further establishmentand greater functionality of voluntary offset standards; the emergence of new registries; the forging of new partnerships between infrastructure providers; the formation ofcoalitions to encourage self-regulation; and increased market transparency.

At the same time, existing and potential voluntary market consumers became more sophisticated asliterature and education around offset quality increased. All of this points to a furthermaturation of the market in 2008. However, simultaneously, the voluntary carbon markets, like any other commodity market, were not immune to the over-arching forcesof the economy and regulatory developments.

To read the full State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets report, click here

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