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Who wins?

Saving forests, cultures and carbon dioxide – “Win-win’ conservation should start with indigenous lands and other protected areas”

Is it better to fund project directed towards the local communities, indigenous people and forests which relate to reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation through REDD-plus mechanisms or to establish new Indigenous Lands and other Protected Areas (ILPA’s)?

The latter choice is defined as a win-win strategy as “per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent the costs of protected areas establishment and management amounts to roughly 9–13 percent of the capital that could be generated by REDD-plus at a conservative price of US$5 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent”.

But what is a carbon saving? An area saved from a potential deforestation or a protected area that will not be deforested anyway since its establishment? “Why would wealthy governments pay for what the developing countries have already committed to?”

It’s incredible how complex it is to assess the effectiveness of policies to avoid deforestation especially in developing countries…as the debate goes on…who is winning?

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