Climate Focus is an advisory company committed to the development of policies and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our international and multidisciplinary team works closely with companies, governments and non-governmental organizations on reducing emissions in energy, households, industry, transport, agriculture and forestry.
Climate Focus is an independent expert in international and national climate law, policies, project design and finance. We have been pioneering carbon markets ever since their inception. We aim to find a creative and unique solution for every single client, ranging from the development of policies to protect the rainforest to structuring greenhouse gas mitigation projects in the energy sector. Our advice is rooted in a profound knowledge of climate change policies, emission trading schemes and project development.
Climate Focus has offices in Amsterdam, Washington, DC, and Bogotá, and representatives in Lisbon and Bangkok. We complement our core team with a broad network of in-country and specialized partners.
This project, supported by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) seeks to enhance transparency by providing a simple, easy to access platform that consolidates and analyzes information for policy makers, negotiators, and project implementers on the various methodologies and standards of REDD+ being developed in different venues (multilateral, bilateral, private sector, etc). Climate Focus has developed a web platform in collaboration with the Global Canopy Program which reviews and details over 30 forest carbon standards and their key design methodologies. This platform will be hosted on The REDD Desk (www.theredddesk.org) and will be online by September 2013. In addition, Climate Focus prepared three analytical papers on key issues which compared and contrasted the development of REDD+ design elements, and provided input for continuous improvements in the readiness phase.
Climate Focus and California Environmental Associates present their report published in April 2014 Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change in Agriculture: Recommendations for Philanthropy, commissioned by the Climate and Land Use Alliance.
On July 25, John Costenbader of the Washington, DC office presented a recently completed draft review of REDD+ and forest sector-related legislative and policy frameworks at a USAID-LEAF national consultation workshop held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and attended by Papua New Guinea's forestry stakeholders and the US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea.
A group of twenty-five international and national experts gathered in Da Lat, Vietnam on July 14 with the objective of combining key technical and policy components of the Lam Dong Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP). This plan aims to achieve a 27% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the province's forest estate by 2020.
Darragh Conway of Climate Focus has contributed an article Collectively Cooking One Broth: Seeking Greater Integration between the Climate Change and Human Rights Regimes on REDD+ to a special edition of the 'Human Rights & International Legal Discourse' law journal.