Foreword: Seed diversity and agrobiodiversity worldwide face the growing threat of market liberalisation, including the FTA between India and the EU that will only suit agribusinesses. To safeguard seed diversity and farmers’ rights, a number of seed festivals have been held in different parts of India, including a large biodiversity festival in Hyderabad, last year, parallel to the CBD-COP. The seed is the first link in the food chain. It is a sacred code of evolution, an embodiment of life and memory, …
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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