Setting standards to fight climate change while reducing poverty

Academics, corporations and conservation groups have drafted standards to pick development projects that reduce climate change while benefiting local communities and preserving biodiversity.

A global alliance of academics, corporations and conservation
groups - including BP, Conservation International and the Hamburg
Institute of International Economics - have developed a set of
standards to select development projects that reduce climate change
while benefiting local communities and preserving biodiversity. The
standards can be used by both the private and the public sector
when they invest in projects in developing or emerging countries.

The group - called the Climate, Community and Biodiversity
Alliance (CCBA) - says the standards are designed to help evaluate
land-based strategies to reduce or capture carbon emissions.
Typically, the projects would include reforestation or
agro-forestry programmes as well as schemes to develop bioenergy to
help cut down fossil fuel consumption.

"The CCB Standards will ensure that land management projects
using the standards deliver clear and compelling benefits for the
climate, biodiversity and communities," the alliance said in a
statement. The group says the standards will also ensure that land
management efforts do not narrowly address one important problem
while ignoring or exacerbating others.

The standards are only at draft stage and are now online for
open comments. They will be reviewed later on this year in light of
the feedback received.

 

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