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Rural Development through Carbon Finance

Forestry Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol- Assessing Smallholder Participation by Structural Equation Modeling

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Sebastian Scholz

In a timely contribution to the international discussion of the post-Kyoto climate regime this study hypothesizes that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the land use and forestry sector are an efficient instrument for climate change mitigation that contributes to rural development and poverty alleviation at the same time. To this end, the study analyzes socio-economic aspects of a forestry project established under the CDM rules considering an East African case study exemplarily. An agricultural household survey in Tanzania delivered the empirical data for the structural equation model at the center of the analysis. Looking at different farm assets it is shown that the benefits of land use-related climate projects go way beyond pure mitigation. They also have a positive impact on a very broad asset base on which poor farm households depend. Hence, the current CDM only allowing for afforestation and reforestation projects is far too restricted to deliver on its twin objective.
The Author: Sebastian M. Scholz holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences and a M.Sc. in Forestry and Natural Resource Management. His doctoral thesis at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, was funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. He is a member of the German National Academic Foundation and works at present as an Environmental Economist at the World Bank in Washington D.C.