Understanding the Biodiversity Conservation Benefits Under Carbon Finance Projects

26 May 2022 Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP), Sierra Leone, Africa Biodiversity | Birds | Forests | Hunting | Mammals | Trade

Sathya Chandra Sagar Halehalli Sathyanarayana

Revenues from carbon finance projects, designed to mitigate climate change, could simultaneously also protect tropical forest biodiversity, and improve livelihoods. An excellent example is the decade-long protection of Upper Guinea Forest in Sierra Leone under Gola-REDD+ initiative, which has successfully reduced deforestation whilst improving livelihoods. However, no study has explicitly documented its efficacy to conserve faunal community.

Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP).

Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP).

My goal is to study biodiversity conservation benefits of protecting tropical forests using carbon finance, particularly of faunal communities targeted for hunting and wildlife trade. We will use a quasi-experimental study design coupled with bio-acoustic surveys within forests protected under Gola-REDD+ initiative.

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