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Life as Commerce

sticker carbonThe Life as Commerce campaign analyzes and raises awareness of the social impacts of market-based conservation mechanisms such as:

The campaign focuses in particular on the social impacts that these commercially-oriented policy instruments have on women, Indigenous Peoples and the rural poor.

Between 2006 and 2008, the campaign has supported five three-year national projects in:

Case study on Certification in South Africa
By: The Timberwatch Coalition, 2008

Case study on Carbon sinks in Colombia (only in Spanish)
By: CENSAT Aqua Viva, 2008

Biodiversity Offsets in Paraguay
By: Alter Vida, 2008

Case study on Ecotourism in India

Case study on bioprospecting in Costa Rica (only in Spanish)

The summary reports of the five case studies are published in the report ‘Life as Commerce, the impact of market-based conservation mechanisms on Indigenous Peoples, lcoal communities and women’

Life as Commerce toolkit

GFC has produced a free toolkit to help communities who are being asked to accept or engage in a market-based conservation project. The toolkit is available in English and Spanish on this GFC website, or ask the GFC Internationaal Secretariaat to send you a CD.

The campaign has also supported national awareness raising campaigns in Equador and Brazil; and has sponsored a large number of international activities including workshops and awareness raising campaigns.

For the publications on Market based conservation go to Resources.

Aviation expansion: the global cost of the carbon jet set

Aviation expansion: the global cost of the carbon jet set

Film Length: 21:46 A new global network has been launched to combat and coordinate action against the frightening expansion plans of the aviation industry. The plans are driven by the super rich flying increasingly frequently to their tax havens – and if they go ahead there is no chance of stopping runaway climate change. Fortunately there is growing resistance everywhere from a coalition of local residents, environmentalists and trade unionists, determined to stop the plans while protecting the futures of the workers …

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Our food is not your business

Our food is not your business

Alternatives to unsustainable livestock and feedstock farming and the current corporate free trade model This briefing paper aims to contribute to the many ongoing efforts, actions, and discussions on alternatives…

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