ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Can CPRs Generate Carbon Credits without Hurting the Poor?

If the use of common property resources is curtailed so as to ensure carbon conservation, it can have negative implications for rural people. The dependence on fuelwood in rural areas implies that carbon sequestration or conservation cannot be achieved in isolation without fuelwood or integrated land use management or energy substitution policies. Kerosene, as the next preferred substitute, is expensive and also not easily available in the market. Using CPR lands without taking into consideration rural needs would thus result in conflicts and extreme hardship for the poor. Projects aimed at ensuring ?clean development mechanisms? would thus be placed under high participation as well as project risk and may not yield beneficial results in the end.

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