Forest Carbon: Law and Property Rights

Conservation International, 2009

77 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2010

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David Takacs

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: November 1, 2009


Investments in reforestation and reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) have the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas accumulation; sustain ecosystem services that support human and ecological communities; and generate sustainable livelihoods for poor, forest-dependent people. But as a new form of property, forest carbon presents legal complications that no jurisdiction has completely untangled. This guide is designed to help community members, government leaders, lawyers, treaty negotiators, NGO advocates, and carbon investors do legal due diligence to understand forest carbon as property in order to support and develop sustainable forest carbon projects.

Keywords: Forests, forest carbon forest law, property rights, climate change, climate change law, human rights, environmental law, international environmental law

JEL Classification: K32, K33, K11

Suggested Citation

Takacs, David, Forest Carbon: Law and Property Rights (November 1, 2009). Conservation International, 2009, Available at SSRN:

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