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Community forest management in Mexico: carbon mitigation and biodiversity conservation through rural development

Forest management is an important carbon mitigation strategy for developing countries. As demonstrated by the case of Mexico, community forest management is especially effective because it offers tangible local benefits while conserving forests and sequestering carbon. Community forestry receives minimal government support now, but the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol could leverage additional resources to promote the approach in Mexico and elsewhere. It is argued that adequately designed and implemented community forestry management projects can avoid deforestation and restore forest cover and forest density. They comprise promising options for providing both carbon mitigation and sustainable rural development. These kinds of projects should be included in the CDM.

Klooster, D. and O. Masera, 2000: Community forest management in Mexico: carbon mitigation and biodiversity conservation through rural development. Global Environmental Change, 10, 259 - 272.

Part of development planning

Strong link made by authors

Strong link made by authors

Climatic episode

National

Large number

Negotiated conflict

Sustainable development

Strategic

Low cost

Local

Potential large scale effects

Long term (20 or more years)

Threatened

Strong link to poverty reduction

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