By Simone Lovera Sometimes you expect the worst, and you are not disappointed. When the World Bank Forest Investment Program (FIP) was established 6 years ago, we were skeptic to say the least, as Global Forest Coalition. The World Bank had funded (and continues to fund) numerous projects with a devastating impact on forests and forest dependent peoples. Putting them in charge of what is until now the largest global fund to invest in projects to reduce emissions from deforestation …
Life as Commerce
The Life as Commerce campaign analyzes and raises awareness of the social impacts of market-based conservation mechanisms such as:
- carbon trading (see also Incentives / selling our carbon / Carbon trade )
- gene trading (see also selling our genes / benefit sharing / SAN agreement )
- ecotourism (see also ecotourism / ecotourism as market-conservation scheme in India)
- biodiversity offsets
- certification (see also certified timber plantations , and the biofuel plantation horror show part 1 and part 2 )
- the sale of environmental services in general.
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.
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