06 October 2021

Shifting finance towards sustainable land use: redirecting financial markets

The land sector is a huge emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG). Globally, agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) drive about one-quarter of annual GHG emissions.
03 February 2021

Let’s get practical: Will 2021 mark a shift from theory to field testing for international carbon markets under Paris?

What 2021 holds in store for the new carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement remains to be seen – especially given the continued onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, countries and stakeholders are now moving beyond conceptual discussions and are starting to work together to test Article 6 on the ground.
10 December 2020

No super year for nature: Large-scale developments for infrastructure and mining could push forests over tipping point

As we reflect on 2020 - which was meant to be the "super year for nature" - we ask: how far have we come on protecting forests from rising global commodity demand and large-scale infrastructure development? Why has progress been so difficult to achieve, and who bears the cost of failure? And are the solutions staring us in the face?
15 June 2020

Another health crisis: German forests

As we are coping with a public health crisis, I spend a lot of time on our balcony looking at the sickly tree in our yard and can’t help but wonder about this other health crisis. It isn’t caused by a single virus but by weather extremes in combination with other environmental stressors and drivers of devastation. Looking at the statistics, forests all over Germany are in a bad state - with a risk of disappearing completely.
30 May 2020

Bolsonaro-19 and Brazilian forests

For its many dreadful consequences, Covid-19 has momentarily led to a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions around the globe. But not in Brazil, which is battered by the full force of the pandemic, but yet sees increased GHG emissions due to a surge in deforestation rates in the Amazon. It is as if Brazilian forests are suffering from a unique strain of the Covid family – one we term here ‘Bolsonaro-19’.
12 May 2020

A crisis among crises: Reflections on the Covid-19 pandemic in Afghanistan

Since the first Covid-19 cases reached Afghanistan, the overall sentiment among ordinary people has been fear. Not only fear of the virus but also of hunger, which can be summed in what many people have told me: “Corona is bad but starvation is worse!”.