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Old Trees do not give Carbon Points!

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There is a new trend in the jungle!

Cut trees and European megacompanies would pay you for carbon points! You can also sell the wood after, and so all sides gain. All sides apart from the jungle and, in extension, our survival on this planet.

What I met in my journeys in the jungle of Manu and on the Brasilian side, are big western companies, and private foreign companies, are cutting trees in order to gain Carbon Points.
Let us look a bit of where one gets ones credits from

It is interesting that in the UN-REDD website (United Nation Reducing Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation in Developing countries) we find the following statement.

“(REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

It is predicted that financial flows for greenhouse gas emission reductions from REDD+ could reach up to US$30 billion a year….”

Looking into some more initials, we would find out hat in order to get your CER (Certified Emission Reduction)…

“The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)  covers such projects in countries without targets, i.e. developing countries. Credits will only be issued for reductions if a project provides real, measurable and long-term climate change benefits. “ and BTW “Every CER, properly verified, represents a reduction of one tonne in the world’s net greenhouse gas emissions. “

You have to be a foreigner in order to have the amounts of money needed to pay the “independent designated evaluator” to validate you project and later on verify your CER. Do they count the Carbon emission when they cut down the trees?

The projects I have been to payed PHD student to come and tell them how to gain most carbon points. The result was clear. Fast growing vegetation captured the highest amount of carbon. Forget slow growing trees! Forget trees that are more than 10 years old! If you are not with us, you are against us!!!
The devastating situation is that companies buy the jungle and cut ALL the trees down, selling the big trees for wood and letting the other ones rot. Next stage is the planting of fast growing trees and vegetation that capture most carbon. In less than 10 years all would be chopped down once more.

I have met one company who bought more than 2000 hectares. And this is a small private company.

There are many nice people there. They call it Sustainability!

At the moment I would not post pictures or name companies. I need to think some more before I do that…

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Written by naturesong

November 4, 2010 at 19:27

Posted in Amazon, Gaia, Madre de Dios, peru

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