Evaluating carbon sequestration projects using the ‘Social Carbon’ methodology

cloud forest, Sandakan

cloud forest, Sandakan (Photo credit: angela7dreams)

Most progressive criticism of the carbon sequestration process has focused on the political economy of the carbon credit trading system. Fair enough. But since life goes on regardless, we also need to find ways to evaluate the impact of carbon sequestration projects in the global south. The Social Carbon methodology is a nifty evaluation methodology that looks at the impact on local jobs and livelihoods as well as biodiversity and carbon sequestration. My student Syed Muhammad Taha at Nottingham University Malaysia Campus recently completed a fascinating evaluation of a major sequestration project in Sabah, Malaysia using the Social Carbon methodology. I’m not sure if the natural scientists at the University will like it as much as the social scientists, but I suspect that among practitioners this new methodology will become increasingly popular

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