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


Increasing 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.

P. A. Minang, van Noordwijk, M., Meyfroidt, P., Agus, F., and Dewi, S., Emissions Embodied in Trade (EET) and Land use in Tropical Forest Margins.. ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, Nairobi, Kenya, p. 4, 2010.

Minang, P.A; van Noordwijk, M; Meyfroidt, P.; Agus, F; Dewi, S;
Publications Details
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Year Published: 2010