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Multi-criteria analysis for the definition of REDD+ project boundaries

Supervisors: Trevor Jones, Garth Cripps
Location: desk (UK) and/or desk/field (Madagascar)
Duration: min 3-6 months

Madagascar’s west coast includes approximately 213,000 hectares of mangrove ecosystems which sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide, support high levels of  biodiversity and provide vital goods and services to increasingly poor and vulnerable coastal communities.

Despite their importance, Madagascar’s mangroves are being rapidly overexploited resulting in widespread degradation and deforestation. REDD+, a carbon financing mechanism, is designed to generate carbon credits through conserving and restoring forests. Since 2011, the Blue Forests project has been working towards implementing Madagascar’s first REDD+ projects for mangroves.

One of the lingering challenges for this and all REDD+ projects is accurately defining the boundaries of REDD+ projects, including the leakage belt (i.e., the geographical displacement of GHG emissions, or social, economic and biodiversity impacts resulting from a forest carbon project but outside project boundaries).
This desk-based research project will consider and evaluate all of the criteria associated with boundaries for mangrove forest carbon projects, such as leakage belts, and result in tangible contributions to mangrove-specific carbon and other payments for ecosystem services (PES) project methodologies.

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