Within the framework of the Conservation Knowledge Exchange (SICC) 2023 week, held in Mexico City in September, AMBIO participated in the panel “Exchange of experiences in the voluntary carbon market: lessons learned.”
Representatives of four carbon projects in the national voluntary market from different systems (mangroves, forest management, regenerative livestock and agroforestry) participated in the panel, such as Ambio, the experience of the Scolel'te program was presented as the longest in operation.
The panel's conclusions were:
- • The need to disseminate more information about carbon markets and the development of projects for ejidos and communities is identified.
- • The information will allow communities to make better decisions when defining their participation.
- • Monitoring schemes must consider local characteristics.
- • The application of Free Prior and Informed Consent must be mandatory, since bad practices have been observed in the way communities are involved in carbon projects.
- • Voluntary market carbon projects are an alternative to complement activities that promote sustainable rural development processes.