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Robert Primmer

President & Tech director, HEWA LLC

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REDD+ Why is a carbon market vital in creating a viable strategy for natural resource conservation

I would like to discuss the pro's and cons of carbon trading and the benifits of REDD

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  • May 10 2011: Carbon Trading has not been very successful in reducing emissions with the current framework, particularly Joint Implementation. The rules have allowed a significant amount of wealth creation as projects are manipulated to make energy efficiency projects which were already planned to reduce costs, look as if they are focused on carbon reduction. This is compounded by large industrical groups operating in countries with carbon quotes looking for potential off-sets. Unfortunately, experience shows that taxes appear to work better than incentives.
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    May 9 2011: This may be a good place to start:

    The story of colonial and later state appropriation and control of the natural resources under the banner of “scientific natural resource management” has been a common feature of a centralized technocratic management that was increased along the last century with the rise of the modern nation state, the power of technology and of the global economy, eventually leading to the wholesale trade of the forests for the sake of industrial forestry interests. Scientific natural resource management, as imposed by the North on the South, first through colonialism and then through the development agencies and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, has fatal flaws, it aggregates forest lands and marine resources, the land and traditional fishing grounds of old communities, to the State and then hands out rights to exploit the resources to private interests. The result is an alliance of powerful players who have a vested interest both in excluding communities from forests and marine resources and avoiding serious limits on exploitation that would limit profits in the name of sustainability.

    The result has been degradation and destruction of natural resources, displaced people, and the loss of local livelihoods. In the face of that, there has been growing concern to find a new way to preserve what is left of the world’s forests and marine eco systems.
    The conservation of the world’s forests and marine eco systems requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of destruction. Now that both the direct and underlying causes of degradation have been clearly identified, the next step is to take the necessary measures to address them.

    At the same time, a new forest management model should be adopted that will ensure their conservation. In this respect, it is important to note that in most of the countries of the world, there are many examples of appropriate resource management, in which environmentally sustainable us