The politics of conservation: using international carbon trading to protect forests and biodiversity

Laurance, William F. (2010) The politics of conservation: using international carbon trading to protect forests and biodiversity. Social Alternatives, 29 (3). pp. 20-24.

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Abstract

Carbon trading to reduce tropical deforestation is emerging as a leading strategy to combat harmful climate change while also potentially reducing threats to biodiversity. Funds devoted to this purpose could soon swamp all other investments in tropical conservation, as exemplified by Australia’s recent commitment of $200 million (AU) to reduce deforestation in the Asia-Pacific region. Here, I briefly explain carbon trading and its rationale. I highlight some of the political and practical hurdles that carbon trading has faced, and continues to face, as an emerging strategy to reduce human-caused carbon emissions and to preserve biodiversity.

Item ID: 17270
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 0155-0306
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 02:07
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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