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IATP, African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation

Soil Carbon Sequestration for Carbon Markets: The Wrong Approach to Agriculture

The current proposal to establish a work program at COP 17 strongly emphasizes mitigation over adaptation. This would likely be based on an expansion of the World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, which holds up the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project as model for such efforts around the world. There are significant problems with its linkage to carbon markets.

This fact sheet explains the reason this approach is flawed and some simpler, more direct means to fund a transition to agroecological  approaches that benefit local communities and environments.