Wednesday, December 10, 2014

[biofuelwatch] NEW REPORT FROM GLOBAL FOREST COALITION: A Global Overview of Wood-based Bioenergy: Production, Consumption, Trends and Impacts

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NEW REPORT FROM GLOBAL FOREST COALITION: A Global Overview of Wood-based Bioenergy: Production, Consumption, Trends and Impacts
Lima, Perú – In the context of the different international negotiations, including the current UNFCCC's COP20, bioenergy and an entire bioeconomy are promoted as solutions to climate and economic crisis. Underlying this is the premise that endless economic growth can and must be sustained, and that we can resolve these crises by simply substituting fossil for biological energy sources. This misguided approach distracts attention from real solutions, which must address the grossly unsustainable over­ consumption of energy and resources by industrialized countries. These same unsustainable models must not be imposed on countries in the global South. Social movements are challenging consumer­oriented growth economics. They offer instead the alternative concept of "buen vivir" that rejects overconsumption, aims to meet basic needs for all, and supports people's autonomy as well as local production and control.
Last evening, at the session co-organized with organizations of the Climate Space at the Peoples Summit in Lima, Peru, on 'Climate Traps, which discussed the false solutions of climate-smart agriculture, geo-engineering and industrial bio-energy', the Global Forest Coalition launched this new report sharing the findings of different case studies from across the world and the conclusions drawn from this review. "The issue of wood-based bioenergy is a complex one that very much deals with local, regional and national contexts, however, the increasing scale of demand for wood for energy production in countries like the UK, is sponsored with subsidies and policy targets that are already affecting forests in the rest of the world. In the meantime, firewood and overall conventional use for local consumption by rural communities tend to disappear", said Isis Alvarez one of the authors of the report. 
According to Mary Louise Malig, campaigns coordinator for the GFC, "the issues and impacts highlighted are the result of the renewable energy subsidies currently offered to large­scale bioenergy. These subsidies incentivise the expansion of this increasingly lucrative and destructive sector by energy companies. The only way to stop these impacts is to remove the subsidies that are driving the industry, and to do that we must remove industrial­scale bioenergy from definitions of renewable energy. Energy that is damaging to forests, to climate and to public health should not be defined as or subsidised as renewable energy".
Note: GFC held the 1st International Meeting on Wood-based Bioenergy in Asunción, Paraguay from Nov.20-21st. Read the statement that came out the meeting - Forests not Fuel:

Mary Louise Malig: +51 955 466 293 (Perú)

Isis K. Alvarez
Outreach and Communications Officer / Gender Advisor
Global Forest Coalition
Women's Major Group Organizing Partner
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*The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is an international coalition of NGOs and
Indigenous Peoples' Organizations defending social justice and the rights
of forest peoples in forest policies. *
The Women's Major Group (WMG) was created as one of nine Major Groups after the 1992 UN Conference on Environment & Development held in Rio. This list serve of the WMG provides information on the Post 2015 & SDG process (incl. Finance) as well the Environment processes (UNEP). The Organizing Partners (OPs) rotate periodically. The current WMG OPs for the Post-2015 process are Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Nigeria, Global Forest Coalition (GFC), based in Colombia, Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) based in USA, Forum of Women's NGOs of Kyrgyzstan, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) Netherlands, International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) based in USA, Equidad de Género, based in Mexico and Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD) based in Thailand. The co-facilitators of the WMG at UNEP are currently Niger Delta Women's Movement for Peace and Development, GFC and focal points Soroptomists Kenya, WECF, APWLD and Earth Care Africa.


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