Anthropocene ConservationLinking Climate Change, Forest Governance, and Local Resistance at Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda Connor Cavanagh Protected Areas and Poverty in Africa (PAPIA) Project Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Prophets of the Anthropocene?“Saving the rainforest in Brazil [or Uganda/Congo/Indonesia] can save Norwegian glaciers” - regjeringen.no, 19.09.2008
Historical Value of Forest Carbon MarketsSource: Ecosystem Marketplace/Forest Trends (2011)
My ‘Take-Home Message’It’s time to stop shading the costs of forest conservation. Actual costs= acknowledged costs (internalized) + often hidden social damages (externalized) Obscuring the latter is strategic in the short term, but can undermine conservation efforts in the long term. This is unacceptable for both practical and ethical reasons.
OutlineI. Introduction: Mount ElgonII. UWA-FACE: The Secret Life of a Carbon CreditIII. Resistance StrategiesIV. Conclusion: Don’t ask Ugandan farmers to subsidize both biodiversity and the atmosphere’s health.
Mount Elgon: Imperatives for ConservationSource: Jon GeirPetursson (2011)
Population growth vis-à-vis deforestationSource: MareikeSassen (2010)
UWA-FACE: The Actors• Directly: • But also: - Dutch Electricity - Norway Generating Board - Sweden - Forest Absorbing Carbon - IUCN Emissions (FACE) - World Bank/GEF Foundation (Netherlands) - You and me? - GreenSeat - Ugandan Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Industry - Uganda Wildlife Authority