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2008: Emissions Trading and Carbon Financing Guide

UNU-IAS Guide: Emissions Trading, Carbon Financing and Indigenous Peoples

This is a short guide for indigenous land managers and those who work with indigenous communities to the phenomenon of climate change, and to ‘market’ and financial mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, often referred to as the ‘carbon market’, ‘emissions trading’ and/or ‘carbon financing’.

Several case studies of indigenous involvement in climate change mitigation activities are provided in the guide, including:

  • West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Project, Bushlight, and Ikuntki Cool Community, Australia
  • Permanent Forest Sink Initiative and the Afforestation Grant Scheme, New Zealand
  • Wind Power Project, Colombia
  • Native Species Reforestation, Panama
  • Renewable Energy Project (Biogas and Wind), Kenya
  • Caoacity Building for Natural Resource Management, Mexico
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in First Nations and Inuit Communities, Canada

This guide is intended as a first edition - it is hoped that future editions will include even more case studies of Indigenous involvement with the carbon market and will focus on particular geographical regions. As such, comments, case studies and more information would be most welcome - please contact ingrid[@]

First issued May 2008, Reissued October 2008
A5 Guide, 44 pages, download the guide [pdf]... (1.5 MB)

(The previous edition, May 2008, 20 pages, is archived here)



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