Selling carbon from tropical forests and peatlands

Jan Verhagen, Herbert Diemont, Paul van Ruiten and Raymond Schrijver

After Wise Use – The Future of Peatlands, Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress: Tropical Peatlands

additionality, carbon-trade, leakage, peatland, sustainable-land-use, tropical-forest

Verhagen et al. 2008: Selling carbon from tropical forests and peatlands


Official and voluntary carbon trade schemes preventing carbon loss from deforestation and land degradation can function much better within a context of sustainable land use. It is suggested here that a framework for sustainable land use can help to decrease problems related to ‘leakage’ and ‘additionality’ in carbon schemes. Such a frame is a tool to link carbon schemes to rural development and protection of biodiversity of global importance and increase the performance of carbon schemes. In the paper special reference is made to carbon trade options for peatlands in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.