Financing mechanisms must be fit for purpose in order to meet the pledges to protect forests made at World Conservation Congress in Hawaii.
Honolulu, 5th September 2016 – Only by re-designing climate financing can the commitments made in Paris at COP21 in December 2015 be realised, according to Indonesia’s Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). Speaking at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, Aida Greenbury, APP’s Managing Director of Sustainability, called for current climate financing mechanisms, such as REDD+ to provide greater opportunities for smallholders and forest community to access upfront investment, citing this as a critical part of protecting and restoring the world’s forests.
“The very way that current systems are set up to withhold payments until emissions reductions are achieved does not provide an incentive for urgent action by people on the ground. If donor funded schemes must stick to the payment-by-results mechanism then more needs to be done to channel funding towards supporting communities to meet their short-term needs whilst they wait for longer-term results-based payments to come through.
The Paris Agreement included the ambitious target of mobilising $100 billion by 2020 but it isn’t just the amount of financing generated which will see us succeed.
“The Paris Agreement included the ambitious target of mobilising $100 billion by 2020 but it isn’t just the amount of financing generated which will see us succeed, the mechanisms to effectively spend it also need to be in place, otherwise smallholders will be left behind” said Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability.
Ms Greenbury highlighted the crucial role that private sector funding can play in encouraging a new approach to climate financing; “The companies dealing with forest based commodities have a major role to play in supporting climate finance initiatives, through direct financial contributions we can not only share the burden of the cost but crucially de-risk much bigger investments from donor countries or development financing.” APP has invested millions of dollars to protect and restore forests in Indonesia since 2013. The business introduced its Forest Conservation Policy in 2013 which committed the company to halt all natural forest clearance.
APP is playing an active role at the Congress for the first time as part of a large Indonesia delegation. APP’s most active project with the IUCN is the commitment to support the protection and restoration of degraded and deforested forest across ten key landscapes in Indonesia* as part of the wider Bonn Challenge process. APP remains the only company to have made a commitment to the Bonn Challenge following its decision to sign the New York Declaration on Forests in 2014.
Building on the major commitments to support marine conservation by President Obama at the event Ms Greenbury also highlighted how efforts to support blue and green carbon need to be better integrated, “As we see in Indonesia, there are no clear boundaries between farming, forest, mangroves and the ocean. Just as we need an integrated approach across all actors to protect forest landscapes, we have to now work more closely with those focussed on blue carbon to ensure that all natural resources where the land meets the sea are protected.”
Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage
While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.
If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.
Repair and Maintain Appliances
Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.
Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.
When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.
Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full
It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.
The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.
Recycle Water in Your Yard
Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.
You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.
Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants
Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.
Install Water-Saving Features
The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.
There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.
Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City
Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.
If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.
Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism
When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.
After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.
How was it started?
It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.
How to go about it?
So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.
If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.
What can be learned?
Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .