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Climate Change, Carbon Offsets and Certified Organic Forestry

Paull, John (2008) Climate Change, Carbon Offsets and Certified Organic Forestry. In: Proceedings of the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), pp. 1-4.

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Summary

Carbon offset programmes are creating a new breed of forester. These are retail carbon offsetters who respond to opportunities to offset the carbon footprint of their lifestyle, for example travel, by paying for tree planting. This new cohort of de facto foresters act out of their green values and/or ecological awareness. However since modern silviculture is chemically based, the obverse of their carbon offsetting, is pesticide onsetting - consequently their “solution” is at best dirty green. Forestry standards, FSC, PEFC and SFI, are all very weak standards and allow pesticides and fertilizers. IFOAM previously rejected the adoption of an Organic Forestry Standard. Nevertheless, two organic certifiers have such standards: Debio and Naturland. The entry of retail carbon offsetting is an opportunity for the organic sector to revisit the challenges and opportunities of Certified Organic Forestry, to create a world’s next practice forestry.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:certified organic forests, certified organic forestry, silviculture, eco-forestry, timber, carbon credits, Debio, Naturland, pesticides, climate change, global warming, carbon trading, carbon offsets, certification, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, PEFC, SFI, world's best practice, world's next practice.
Subjects: Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Values, standards and certification
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Germany
Crop husbandry
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: System Values Track
Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:14766
Deposited On:01 Oct 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:Presented in the FAO Workshop on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change, Modena, Italy, June 18, 2008

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