The Monte Pascoal‐Pau Brasil ecological corridor carbon, community and biodiversity initiative: another carbon offset failure
In 2013, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs had recently been introduced to governments and conservation groups around the world. Yet, as they were being implemented at increasing rates, traditional forest use practices were vilified while large-scale drives of deforestation were left unaddressed. This was common particularly in Brazil.
Goals & Method
Originally published in a special edition publication focused on laws, policies, and the green economy at the expense of community dispossession, this article aims to examine one REDD+ project in Bahia, Brazil. To evaluate the project, the author examined project planning documents, reports from certification audits concerning the project, and progress reports.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The authors found that while the project had promised benefits to the local communities, few were realized. Moreover, the implementation of the project was shifted when the forest law of Brazil was changed in 2012, causing more challenges for local land owners. The author concludes stating that many REDD+ initiatives are unlikely to take into consideration the concern and needs of local communities.
Kill, Jutta. December 2013. "The Monte Pascoal‐Pau Brasil ecological corridor carbon, community and biodiversity initiative: another carbon offset failure". Biodiversity, Livelihoods, and Culture Magazine. Accessed: June 2020
- World Rainforest Movement
- Alianza Biodiversidad
- Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean