26 May 2022
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.
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.