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SEMINAR | Can tradeable forest conservation obligations enhance economic, biodiversity, and carbon outcomes?



Start Date

15 Oct 2015 1:00 pm

End Date

15 Oct 2015 2:00 pm


Room 211, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Presented by Dr Ken Chomitz

About the seminar
For decades, the Brazilian Forest Code has required landholders to maintain 20% to 80% of each private rural property under forest cover – a law that was widely flouted in the past. Recently, the requirements were loosened, but enforcement was tightened. Under the new Code, 21 million hectares of farm and pasture must be reforested, while it remains legal to clear some standing old-growth forests. However, the Code potentially permits trade in the conservation obligations. And a tech-enabled rural cadaster may make it feasible to track such trades. The talk will explore the potential for a market in these obligations to reduce landowners' compliance costs while boosting biodiversity and forest carbon.

About the presenter
Dr Ken Chomitz is a Fellow at Forest Trends. Until recently he was Senior Advisor in the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank Group, where he led a series of evaluations of the Bank Group's climate change activities. Previously he was a Lead Economist with the Bank's Development Research Group.

Chomitz's work has focused on global environmental issues. He is the author of At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction and Environment in the Tropical Forests, and a coauthor of the Bank's World Development Reports on Sustainable Development (2003) and Internet and Development (2016). He has published extensively on economic issues related to climate change, deforestation, hydrological impacts of land use change, and biodiversity. He was a pioneer in the application of spatial econometric techniques to analyze deforestation.

Chomitz holds an SB in mathematics from MIT and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a National Research Council Fellow at the US National Academy of Sciences; Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University; and Senior Advisor with the Development Studies Project, a policy research institute associated with the Indonesian National Development Planning Board. He is a member of the editorial advisory committee of Climate Policy.

Event details
When | Thursday 15 October 2015, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Where | Room 211, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

All welcome. Please phone 03 6226 1587 or email if you require more information or directions to the venue.


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