GFC has produced this free toolkit to help communities who are being asked to accept or engage in a market-based conservation project. You can use it to help defend your community and your environment from potential threats.
The toolbox explains how various market-mechanisms work and what impacts they can have, with five case studies on:
- Carbon sinks in Colombia
- Certification in South Africa
- Ecotourism in India
- Bioprospecting in Costa Rica
- Biodiversity offsets in Paraguay
It also contains guidance on a wide range of international treaties and non-legally binding instruments that could be used as tools to defend your rights, as well as:
- Tips on using national laws and constitutions in your country, and donor countries’ aid policies.
- Some advice on dealing with UN bodies, the World Bank, corporations and private NGOs
- Guidance relating to projects involving OECD or European countries
- Background information on trade and international finance and how they impact on in environmental policies
- Information about the way in which market-based conservation mechanisms impact on women
It also contains:
- An extensive library of documents that can be downloaded
- Links to other resources you can download, watch or listen to
- Contacts for specialized organizations that can help you
This repository and its accompanying CD-Rom include many documents from other organizations and from intergovernmental organizations. Whilst these are freely available on the web we have downloaded some of them to the CD-Rom so that they can be accessed by community activists who may not have access to the internet. We would like to extend our gratitude to all the organizations concerned.