Communities & Climate Change: The Clean Development Mechanism and Village-Based Forest Restoration in Central India

This study explores the feasibility of a new environmental service financing initiative in India using carbon-offset credit programs that are being developed through ongoing international climate change negotiations. This report is a summary of the first phase of the study. Specifically, the report documents preliminary findings from Harda District, Madhya Pradesh in central India to demonstrate how the Clean Development Mechanism could be utilized as compensation to spread forest stewardship by increasing economic incentives for sustainable forestry.