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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.

A Pathetic REDD Package

On 12 November 2013, the Global Forest Coalition made the following intervention during the negotiations in Warsaw on methodologies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+): “The Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of 54 NGOs and Indigenous peoples’ organizations promoting rights-based forest policies shares the concerns of our NGO and IPO colleagues about the extremely weak draft decisions that have been developed in the areas of drivers of forest loss and safeguards. …

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