30 Jul '11, 1pm

Mexico's Small-Scale Farmers Gain Entry to Global Carbon Markets

Mexico's Small-Scale Farmers Gain Entry to Global Carbon Markets

When Mexico's Bosque Sustentable AC sold the first voluntary carbon credits from its Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in 2006, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) didn't yet exist , and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) hadn't yet approved a single forestry project under its CCB Standard. Since then, however, standards have become de rigueur , and buyers have grown leery of any project that doesn't conform to one. That leaves early movers like Sierra Gorda at risk of being left behind by the very markets they helped to create. To avoid that trap -- and also to blaze a path for similar projects -- Sierra Gorda this month wrapped up three years of validation to become the first Mexican forest carbon project recognized under the VCS, which is the most widely-accepted standard among buyers for determining the amount of carbon storage that can be attributed to ...

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