|Title||A Multi-Criteria Assessment Framework for Carbon-Mitigation Projects: Putting 'development' in the centre of decision-making|
|Publication Type||Tyndall Working Paper|
|Series||Tyndall Centre Working Papers|
|Tyndall Consortium Institution|| |
|Secondary Title||Tyndall Centre Working Paper 29|
|Authors||Brown, K., and E. Corbera|
|Year of Publication||2003|
Ambitious claims have been made about the development benefits of market-based policy instruments for climate mitigation. We examine the implications of forest carbon projects for different aspects of equity and development. We apply a Stakeholder Multi-criteria Analysis to explore the range of stakeholders, their roles, interests and perspectives, to a case study in Mexico. Two aspects of equity, access to markets and forests, and legitimacy in decision-making and institutions, are discussed. Robust cross-scale institutional frameworks are necessary to ensure that objectives for equity and development are met and that already marginalised sectors of society are not excluded. These institutions are still developing and their establishment brings together many different stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society. However, the ability of the carbon economy to provide real benefits for development may ultimately be constrained by factors concerned with the nature of the market itself.