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A New Initiative to Use Carbon Trading for Tropical Forest Conservation


  • William F. Laurance

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    1. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 0843-03092, Balboa, Republic of Panama
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  • Received 5 April 2006; revision accepted 29 May 2006.

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I describe a new initiative, led by a coalition of developing nations, to devise a viable mechanism for using carbon trading to protect old-growth tropical forests. I highlight some of the practical and political hurdles involved in forest-carbon trading, and explain why this initiative is rapidly gaining broad-based political support.

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