About this blog

EAFPEAS blog has been launched by the East African Forum for Payment for Ecosystem Services (EAFPES). It has been established to communicate recent work, and should be of interest to those who would like to learn about the activities of PES in this region. This blog provides information and comments on mangrove environments, with special focus on research, educational and communities developments including ecological, social, political, cultural and economic matters.

Furthermore, this blog is created to encourage dialogue and discussions on all aspects of coastal and marine environment in the region. In this regard, your comments are welcomed as long as you identify yourself transparently.

Please submit your contribution, with a suggested title and full contact information, to secretary@eafpes.org. All contributors, whether of articles and/or photos, will be fully acknowledged.

With your help, we hope to make this blog a “must-visit-site”, where you can inform others about your on-going and planned activities and where your voice on various issues of concern could be heard, and hopefully solutions could be suggested.

 

Attached for information, the Critique of Carbon Offsets by Climate Trade Watch  referred to below by Prof Huxham.  Published under a Creative Commons 3.0 Licence.

One Response to About this blog

  1. Mark Huxham says:

    There are strong and convincing arguments used against large scale carbon offsetting, in particular through the operation of the Clean Development Mechanism. Some of these are outlined in the fact sheet on carbon offsetting from the advocacy group Carbon Trade Watch, attached here.

    I do not think projects like Mikoko Pamoja, which are small scale, community based, focused on forest conservation and restoration with multiple possible benefits other than carbon, can be accused of contributing to the problems identified by Carbon Trade Watch. In particular I am not aware of any evidence that projects like this might slow down or deflect efforts to change lifestyles in the global north; I suspect rather that they help highlight the importance of global carbon sinks and our global inter-connectedness. But it is very important that we are aware of the debate and make sure our projects help to solve the big problem rather than exacerbate it.

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