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Palmas looks at the impact of carbon on biodiversity

July 04, 2007

A carbon sequestration project in Palmas (Brazil) is demonstrating how the carbon value of small sinks impacts local biodiversity.

The project is managed by the Instituto Ecológica, and is called ‘Social Carbon’.  The project is determining the social components of carbon sequestration, in relation to how carbon is either preserved or absorbed in terrestrial ecosystems.  The social components reflect the impact on the rural poor, who are dependent on local ecosystems.

Palmas is located on the Brazilian savannah, called the ‘Cerrado’.  The Cerrado is rich in biodiversity, capturing more carbon than the Amazon Rainforest.

Because local government is tasked with service provision and ensuring that social and economic development needs within the carrying capacity of the biological resource base, local government is an important manager of global biodiversity. ICLEI has established the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in effective biodiversity protection, utilization and management. For more information on LAB, please visit www.iclei.org/biodiversity.

Palmas is one of 11 local governments in Brazil that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, please visit www.iclei.org/lacs.

Source:  Social Carbon, Institute Ecológica at www.ecologica.org.br, and “Boom Time in Brazil”, BBC News Online, 18 April 2000.