Maintaining Peopled Forests
Dr. JosÃ© Manuel Vieira Fragoso, Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, USA and at Brazil's National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA)
Researchers at the World Resources Institute have found that tenure-secure indigenous forestlands provided significant global carbon benefits. In Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia alone, they say this is worth between USD25bn to USD34bn over the next 20 years – equivalent to taking between nine million and 12.6 million passenger vehicles off the roads for a year. Dr. José Manuel Vieira Fragoso's work addresses matters related to this - the role of biodiversity in carbon storage, the influence of culture on resource use, the sustainability of human-occupied tropical forests in an increasingly globalized world, and the socio-ecological sustainability of rural livelihoods in the Amazon. He joins us to discuss his research, and to highlight why it’s not just a moral argument to maintain peopled forests, but how it’s essentially a very cost-effective way to reduce emissions for the benefit of the planet.
Produced by: Juliet Jacobs
Presented by: Juliet Jacobs
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