Author Archives: Brian Schaap

Brian Schaap is a Senior Program Associate with REDDX, working primarily with the project’s African and Asian country partners.


Deepening Collaboration: Aligning Private Sector and Government Commitments to Tackle Deforestation

When it comes to reducing deforestation, companies and national governments tend to operate in their respective silos. Effectively reducing forest loss, however, will require collaboration between both corporations and governments. According to a recently published report, Collaboration Toward Zero Deforestation: Aligning Corporate and National Commitments in Brazil and Indonesia, companies and governments are beginning to work together toward their shared goals of reducing deforestation.

Collaboration Toward Zero Deforestation

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The report presents case studies that explore …

Climate Negotiators Roll Up Their Sleeves in Bonn, With or Without the U.S.

As the next round of climate talks get underway in Bonn, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the United States government will stay in the Paris Agreement – and, if so, under what conditions. Many expect the Trump Administration to reach a final verdict any day now, and its decision will obviously have profound effects that reach far beyond this week’s negotiations. But, as always, the show must go on, and negotiators in Bonn will continue hammering out important …

Good News for Forests: REDD+ Money Going to the Right Places

After a decade of international, UN-organized efforts to combat deforestation through finance for forest protection, the million dollar question is whether that finance is reaching the tropical forest countries that need it most. When Forest Trends set out to answer that question for the first time, it found encouraging signs that the $10 billion in funding committed through 2015 under the program known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is, in fact, going to the right places.…

Forests Can Help Bridge Pre-2020 Climate Action Gap

The Paris global climate accord agreed to by all 195 nations of the world represents a significant step forward in our collective effort to avoid the worst effects of climate change. For the first time ever, both developed and developing countries have put forth voluntary pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and have agreed to accurately and transparently account for and report on their annual emissions and identify the steps they are taking to reduce their carbon pollution.

However, …

Chocolate ‘Going Green’ in Ghana

As Valentine’s Day approaches, there is an annual rite of passage that does not change: searching for that perfect gift to make our significant other smile. And chances are many of us will end up giving or receiving the most classic of Valentine’s Day gifts: Chocolate. Americans spend more than a billion dollars on chocolate and candy for Valentine’s Day every year.

But what if, unbeknownst to us, our chocolaty gift of love came at the expense of some tropical …

The Paris REDD+ Roller Coaster

Coming into the Paris climate negotiations, Forest Trends and other conservation organizations were eager for the agreement to recognize the role that forests will need to play in solving the climate change crisis. Forest destruction is responsible for about 10% of all greenhouse gases emitted annually, and forest regrowth could store away up to 30% of all emissions, if forests are given space to flourish. Any serious attempt at laying out solutions for climate change must include forest conservation; without …