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Community forest management in Mexico: carbon mitigation and biodiversity conservation through rural development
Published Date December 2000, Vol.10(4):259–272,doi:10.1016/S0959-3780(00)00033-9 Author
Daniel Klooster a,,
Omar Masera b,
aDepartment of Geography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2190, USA
bDepartamento de Ecologia de los Recursos Naturales, Instituto de Ecologia, UNAM, Campus Morelia, A.P. 152 Patzcuaro 61609, Michoacán, Mexico
Received 1 July 2000. Available online 1 December 2000.
Forest management is an important carbon mitigation strategy for developing countries. As demonstrated by the case of Mexico, community forest management is especially effective because it offers tangible local benefits while conserving forests and sequestering carbon. Community forestry receives minimal government support now, but the clean development mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol could leverage additional resources to promote the approach in Mexico and elsewhere. We argue that adequately designed and implemented, community forestry management projects can avoid deforestation and restore forest cover and forest density. They comprise promising options for providing both carbon mitigation and sustainable rural development. These kinds of projects should be included in the CDM.