The relationship between reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing world poverty may not seem obvious, but there is a link between the two: tropical carbon stocks, especially tropical biomes including forests and savannahs. Protecting and increasing tropical rainforests removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, just as deforestation represents a source of greenhouse gasses. The tropical biomes are also home to large portions of the world's poor. Solutions to poverty and carbon emissions are therefore linked, and a shared vision of the two needs to be developed.
Global climate change, embodied in global warming and related effects, has raised strong concerns over the future of our planet Earth. Those concerns are based on unabated rates of carbon release from human activities into the atmosphere causing a buildup of Greenhouse Gases (GHG). Those carbon releases have already ordained significant climate change impacts in the years ahead.
Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Trading and Poverty Reduction
Carbon cap-and-trade systems and the sale of carbon credits are likely to develop into a major source of funding for carbon sequestration. And one of the key regions that can generate these credits are the tropical rain forests. The MCCS theme aims to make the link between carbon credits and poverty reduction, by focusing attention and analysis on