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Can Voluntary Carbon Offsets assist development? Notes of Round Table 26th October 2006
Document begins: Can Voluntary Carbon Offsets assist development? Notes of Round Table 26th October 2006 Introduction The Voluntary Carbon Market for Carbon Offsets has grown rapidly in recent times. IIED and nef held a Round Table on "Voluntary Carbon Offsets: development opportunity or climate get-out clause?" in March 2006 bringing together significant players on this issue for a frank exchange of views. Since then some further work has surveyed the retailers of voluntary carbon offsets to establish the size, characteristics and growth prospects for this market. There has also been some examination of the possibility of developing premium Carbon Offset products combining mitigation AND adaptation in vulnerable communities around the developing world. The aim of the second Round Table was to discuss the findings of this research and the implications for the Voluntary Carbon Offsets market. The meeting was facilitated by Andrew Simms of nef. Participants were drawn from development agencies, environmental organizations, carbon offset retailers, government, consultancies and researchers. The Round Table started with two presentations after which there was a facilitated discussion. Presentations 1. The Voluntary Carbon Market an overview and implications for development benefits, Elizabeth Harris Lizzie Harris presented her findings from a survey she had ...