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ABCG Event - Technocrats, Financiers and Carbon: A Thorny Alliance with Communities and Conservation?

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The upcoming presentation summarizes selected findings from a USAID/FCMC study, conducted in 2013, of four forest carbon projects in three eastern African countries that combine carbon credits with community and biodiversity objectives. The projects exhibit different ecological, governance, social, carbon standard and natural resources management circumstances, yet the comparative study reveals several generalizations.
When Oct 25, 2014
from 06:55 PM to 06:55 PM
Where World Wildlife Fund 1250 24th Street, NW Conference Room 1108 Washington DC, DC 20037
Contact Name
Contact Phone +1-202-495-4688
Attendees Ian Deshmukh
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Greetings! Please join us for a brown bag presentation featuring Dr. Ian Deshmukh Senior Associate, Tetra Tech.

Among key findings:

  • Community-based carbon projects provide a long-term institutional framework for reforestation or afforestation, but no guarantee of permanence.
  • Investment costs are high, needing large financial input from proponents and high labor and opportunity cost inputs from community members.
  • While net financial benefits to proponents are likely over the long term, the low carbon price implies that basic financial assumptions of "payment for environmental services" or "polluter pays" schemes are not met.
  • Community members regard carbon credit payments as inadequate for the labor and land invested, but value social, livelihood and perceived environmental benefits that the projects promote.
  • Biodiversity benefits are apparent, but remain largely unquantified despite being requirements of the voluntary standards used.
About Ian Deshmukh:

Ian Deshmukh began his international career in Africa as a systems ecologist on the faculty of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, teaching ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology in the mid-1970s. From the mid-1980s he has worked for ARD (now part of Tetra Tech) on environment and natural resources development projects, predominantly in Africa, including multi-year resident engagements in Somalia, Uganda, Liberia and most recently back in Kenya. Currently based in the home office in Burlington, Vermont, he is engaged with USAID's Washington-based Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC), and Africa and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) programs, as well as USAID/Uganda's Environmental Management for the Oil Sector Activity. Dr. Deshmukh is also team leader on the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility-funded Strategic Social and Environment Assessment as part of Liberia's REDD-Readiness program. The work presented today, a study of four forest carbon - biodiversity - community projects in eastern Africa, was conducted for FCMC.

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