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Webinar: Forest Carbon Projects for Tribes — What They Are and How They Can Benefit Tribes

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 2:00

Tuesday, September 5, 2017. 2:00PM Eastern Time. Webinar: Forest Carbon Projects for Tribes — What They Are and How They Can Benefits Tribes. Joshua Strauss, Bluesource; Ernie Neptune, Passamaquoddy Forestry Department; Matt Anderson, US Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sponsored by Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. More information here.

This webinar is the first installment of the Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series being launched by the ITEP Climate Change Program. Forest carbon projects utilize land management practices to restore or maintain forestland for an agreed upon period of time, and through legal agreements produce carbon credits which can be sold to into growing markets. These projects often rely on avoiding deforestation or reforesting areas to absorb carbon from the atmosphere, thus producing carbon credits. Developing forest carbon projects can be a complex undertaking in which forest managers must navigate regulations and relationships with government and non-government stakeholders. In return, these projects can become lucrative economic development opportunities for tribes while at the same time offering many co-benefits related to ecosystem health and forest management. Forest carbon projects can be used by tribes to reach broader climate resiliency goals. Forested areas that are committed to carbon credit projects continue to serve other purposes for the community, such

as preserving forest health and subsistence gathering resources, providing a natural buffer from extreme weather, and acting as natural filtration systems that maintain water quality. Additionally, income may be used to fund climate change adaption planning and/or other climate resiliency projects. This webinar will provide an overview of forest carbon projects; including what they are, what benefits they provide, what they mean for forest management, and how a tribe can develop a project. Three speakers will share their perspectives on this topic, and there will be time at the end for audience questions.

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