Offsetting benefits? Analyzing access to forest carbon

Corbera, E and Brown, K (2010) Offsetting benefits? Analyzing access to forest carbon. Environment and Planning A, 42 (7). pp. 1739-1761. ISSN 0308-518X

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Emissions trading has created new forms of exchangeable property which become commodities when traded in markets designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and mitigate climate change. This paper analyzes a set of social processes which influence who benefits from reductions in emissions generated by primary production from forest ecosystems. Informed by commodification literature, and property and access theory, we suggest that farmers and rural communities cannot derive full benefits from carbon sequestration because they lack key structural and relational mechanisms, such as capital, knowledge, expertise, technology, and, in some cases, even labour. We illustrate this argument by examining three ongoing carbon-forestry projects in China, Ecuador, and Mexico and we highlight its implications for future forestry mitigation projects and programmes.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 16:39
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:02
DOI: 10.1068/a42437

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