Demand for REDD Carbon Credits: A Primer on Buyers, Markets, and Factors Impacting Prices

This paper provides an overview of the demand for forest carbon, including potential buyers and their objectives, markets for forest carbon, and forces that affect the price of forest carbon. It is intended for parties and organizations who are considering developing forest carbon projects, as an aid to understanding the changing market and demand for forest carbon credits. While the primary focus of the paper is on markets and demand for REDD credits—credits arising from projects that reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation—much of the information is applicable to afforestation and reforestation projects, as well as improved forest management.

Author(s): Joshua D. Schneck, Brian C. Murray, Christopher S. Galik, and W. Aaron Jenkins

Published: February 2011

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