Emissions Embodied in Trade (EET) and Land use in Tropical Forest Margins.

TitleEmissions Embodied in Trade (EET) and Land use in Tropical Forest Margins.
Publication TypePolicy Brief
AuthorsMinang PA, van Noordwijk M, Meyfroidt P, Agus F, Dewi S
PublisherASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins
Place PublishedNairobi, Kenya
Year of Publication2010
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractIncreasing proportions of land use change responsible for emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and agriculture in developing countries is associated with commodities meant for export, hence the concept of Emissions Embodied in Trade-EET. As many corporations, countries and consumers embrace carbon footprint labeling and advocate for “greener” commodities, there is potential for reducing emissions from land use change in the humid and sub-humid tropics. Yet, current debate on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation – REDD+ has not considered the potential implications of EET. In this brief, we present and briefly reflect on (a) how emission reductions may induce cross-border land use displacements; (b)how market demand for “greener” commodities and consumer pressure on some tropical commodities can shape behavior of land use agents and influence emissions; and (c) the policy implications that result from EET.
KeywordsDeforestation, EET, Emissions, REDD+, Trade
Type of WorkPolicy Brief
Citation Key1950