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Report: land-use workshop in the Peruvian Amazon

pastos

New oil palms cultivated on pastures. Cultivating oil palm on degraded pastures would be preferable to replacing forests. But is it economical?

Sorry for the delay in getting this workshop report (in Spanish) out. The purpose of the workshop was to develop our understanding of land use in the central Peruvian Amazon in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emmissions from all land uses (REALU). An international framework for compensating communities for reducing deforestation is currently under negotiation. In order to determine the levels of compensation, communities must know their current and past land uses and their value.  These communities may be willing to change their land-use to alternative uses that sequester more carbon, if they can be compensated for the income foregone by making the change. Land-use mapping is one piece of the larger puzzle of figuring out compensation levels.

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