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Building Carbon Rights Infrastructure With REDD+ Incentives: A Multi-Scale Analysis in the Peruvian Amazon

March 2013

Citation: 43 ELR 10269

Issue: 3

Author: Patrick Wieland

Payments to avoid deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries have emerged as a key international strategy. Countries that have the greatest potential to host these market-based mechanisms are often characterized by unclear and contested land and forest rights. For example, Peru faces challenges in creating carbon rights in a context of unclear land rights and legal pluralism. Project developers are currently negotiating carbon rights, though these rights remain weak and contested because of a lack of clarity regarding title to carbon. There is a need for legislation that clarifies title to carbon in order to make carbon offsets feasible.

Patrick Wieland earned a J.D. from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and an MSc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.

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