Costa Rican coffee farmers looking to qualify for payment for environmental services.

They are trying to establish the parameters which when fulfilled would rate the plantations as carbon fixing both at the national and international level.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The minister of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (Minaet), Roberto Dobles, explained to producers and representatives of the Costa Rica Coffee Institute (Icafe) that there are legal opportunities for the National Forestry Financing Fund (Fonafifo) to include coffee plantations to receives payment for environmental services.

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Guatemala: New Environmental Regulations

January 2016

In May new rules come into effect for environmental evaluation, control and monitoring of construction projects.

Government Agreement 201-2016 was published on January 12 in the Official Journal and will come into force on May 12th, 2016.

A statement from the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT) outlines the major changes that the new regulation includes:

Panama Canal to Issue Carbon Credits

August 2014

Having certified 2,400 acres of the canal basin and invested $19 million since 2009, the Panama Canal Authority is negotiating with companies interested in purchasing the credits.

In order to recover the investment made in the certification of 2,400 carbon free hectares of canal basin, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will be issuing carbon credits, which may be purchased by companies seeking to minimize the impact of their carbon footprint.

Australia As Carbon Credit Buyer

October 2011

Panama will be able to take advantage of new markets opening in 2012.

The possible absence of the Kyoto Protocol will not prevent carbon bond issuers, such as Panama, from finding new buyers for the credits.

This seems to be the general consensus of experts on global climate change, who have stated that new stakeholders have emerged to purchase these bonds, traditionally sold to European countries.

Costa Rica Sells $9 Million Carbon Certificates

September 2009

U.S. company Equator agreed to purchase $9 million worth of carbon certificates, which originate from the country's forest conservation.

Equator specializes in commercialization of carbon credits, and renewable credits from reforestation and forest conservation.

The money will be handled by Fonafifo (Forest Financing Fund), and will be used for "...

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