This article was originally published on Corporate Knights


Paying for forests conserves a vital world resource, but somebody must pay the locals a tangible share of the benefits.

Two new studies have reinforced the idea that financial incentives can help save forests. Research from the Amazon region has confirmed that payments to landowners can conserve forest biodiversityAnd a study from China suggests that rural communities, if given an incentive, could help restore the nation’s native forests.

Both studies come within weeks of a finding that African villagers will conserve their forest plots more carefully if given even quite small payments not to clear the woodland. Forest conservation is a key part of any global strategy to mitigate climate change: forests are also reservoirs of natural biodiversity and play a vital role in water conservation…”

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