Exploring equity and sustainable development in the new carbon economy

Brown, Katrina (2003) Exploring equity and sustainable development in the new carbon economy. Climate Policy, 3 (Supplement 1). S41-S56. ISSN 1752-7457

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Ambitious claims have been made about the development benefits of market-based policy instruments for climate mitigation. We examine the implications of forest carbon projects for different aspects of equity and sustainable development. We apply a stakeholder multi-criteria assessment to explore the range of stakeholders, their roles, interests and perspectives, to a case study in Mexico. Two elements of equity, access to markets and forests, and legitimacy in decision-making and institutions, are discussed. Robust cross-scale institutional frameworks are necessary to ensure that objectives for equity and sustainable development are met and that already marginalised sectors of society are not excluded. These institutions are still developing and their establishment brings together many different stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society. However, the ability of the “new carbon economy” to provide real benefits for sustainable development may ultimately be constrained by the nature of the market itself.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2011 11:48
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2023 16:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/33611
DOI: 10.1016/j.clipol.2003.10.004

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