Overseeing International Forest Conservation Programs
June 26, 2009
Tropical deforestation and land use changes account for about 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Preventing deforestation is one of the more affordable mitigation strategies because it can be accomplished easily and affordably with existing technologies. Accordingly, international forest offsets and set-asides are a key element of climate change policy proposals, like The American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454).
But as regulatory proposals to monitor and incentivize forest conservation circulate, questions emerge. Who can best manage the environmental aspects of an international forest program? Can the same entity also handle the geopolitical issues inherent to creating an international carbon market in developing nations?