Wednesday, May 21, 2008


EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy on Carbon Financing in Rangelands (WISP)

The World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP) is a global knowledge and advocacy network of over 1000 pastoral institutions and experts that promotes understanding of sustainable pastoral development for both poverty reduction and conservation. The network enables pastoralists to demonstrate that their land use and production system are an efficient way of harnessing the natural resources of the world's rangelands. WISP is a programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is currently funded by the Global Environment Facility, IFAD, and Oxfam GB.

This study entails a review of literature and online resources, along with interview of key informants, to capture the State of the Art knowledge on Carbon Financing as it applies to communal rangelands worldwide. The study will serve as a baseline on which WISP can develop future interventions, studies, advocacy messages and recommendations for policy and research. The study will examine the opportunities and constraints for Carbon Financing in the rangelands, existing mechanisms for carbon finance and challenges to applying them, the means of carbon sequestration and of reducing emissions in the rangelands, and other technologies and techniques that could enable pastoralists to benefit from carbon payments. The study will examine investment opportunities for carbon financing in the rangelands, the immediate prospects for carbon financing, potential options for the future, and the existing or likely constraints to each of these.

This study will be carried out over a period of approximately 15 days, starting during June 2008. The full Terms of Reference can be requested from

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