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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
By: EQUATIONS, 2008

Case study on bioprospecting in Costa Rica (only in Spanish)
By: COECOCEIBA, 2008

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.

Our land is worth more than carbon

Our land is worth more than carbon

The Paris Agreement required the 196 Parties to the UN Climate Convention to limit temperature increases to 2° or 1.5°C below preindustrial levels. While COP21 benefitted from a high degree of mobilization linked to the adoption of an international agreement, COP 22 on the other hand has received rather less attention. Yet the stakes remain significant. In its haste, COP 22, being called the “action COP” or the “agriculture COP”, is in danger of adopting various misguided solutions for agriculture. …

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