Carbon Ownership in Community Managed Forests

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  • Rupa Basnet University of Twente, the Netherlands

Keywords:

CDM, deforestation, carbon credit, community forests, community forest users group

Abstract

In Nepal, the community forestry programme was introduced in the late 1970s with a dual objective: to improve forest management and to alleviate poverty. It resulted in a reduction in the rate of deforestation and an increase in biomass levels of existing forested areas. An added benefit was an increase in the rate of carbon dioxide sequestration from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate climate change. This valuable ecosystem service has not been recognized under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol2, which is the main vehicle by which carbon reductions in developing countries may be financed by Northern countries. If carbon trading is to succeed as an incentive for sustainable forest management, there has to be some guarantee that forest?dependent communities will receive financial compensation for their carbon sequestration services. This article discusses these ownership issues in general and the position of communities within the Forest Act 1993 of Nepal in particular.

Key words: CDM, deforestation, carbon credit, community forests, community forest users group  

Full text is available at the ForestAction website

Journal of Forest and Livelihood 8(1) February 2009 pp.77-83

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Published

2009-05-22

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Basnet, R. (2009). Carbon Ownership in Community Managed Forests. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 8(1), 77–83. Retrieved from https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/JFL/article/view/1887

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