UNESCO MAB Launches Survey on Carbon in Biosphere Reserves

August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with Terra Global Capital to take stock of opportunities to assist biosphere reserves with access to financial resources, through the development and marketing of projects for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

According to UNESCO MAB, to this end it has developed a survey for biosphere reserve managers that believe their reserve might have good potential for carbon investments. The survey is to be completed by 1 September 2012. The results from the survey will form the basis for the MAB Secretariat to recommend high-potential sites to potential carbon market investors.

With initial funding from the UN Foundation, Terra Global is assisting UNESCO in evaluating the potential for land-use carbon revenue to be generated in specific biosphere reserves that are part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). [UNESCO Press Release] [The Survey]