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Is the ban on gardeners using peat really so unfair?


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CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations: Insights into Sustainability Issues

In an interview with, Dr. Blessing J. Karumbidza and Mr. Wally Menne – who recently conducted a study on a CDM tree plantation by a Norwegian company in Tanzania – discuss the sustainability and viability issues of such tree plantations being used as carbon emission offset projects under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, and their impact on local communities and rural economies.

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CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations: A Case Study in Tanzania

This study by Timberwatch, authored by Blessing J. Karumbidza and Wally Menne, documents the tree plantation project at Idete in the Mufindi district of Iringa province in southern Tanzania, and concludes that in an African context, such monoculture tree plantation model is non-sustainable from many points of view, even with market-based mechanisms such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification in place.

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