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Población y Desarrollo

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GONZALEZ, Pedro  and  ACHINELLI, Marcela. Voluntary Carbon Market and its socioeconomic impact in Colonia La Amistad, Department of Itapúa, Paraguay. Period: 2010 - 2015. Poblac.Desarro. [online]. 2017, vol.23, n.44, pp.45-51. ISSN 2076-054X.

This research has the aim to analyze the Voluntary Carbon Market and its socioeconomic impact in the “Colonia La Amistad” located in Itapúa Department, Paraguay from its beginning in 2010 until 2015. Methodologically incorporates documentary - bibliographic study with fieldwork study. The outcome of this research describes and analyzes the first approved and funded project for the Voluntary Carbon Market in Paraguay which is promoted by the Guyra Paraguay Association. The association protects wooded areas in exchange for annual economic incentives. This is possible due to the financing by the Asiatic shipping company Swire Pacific Offshore through the World Land Trust intermediation that hires Guyra Paraguay. Guyra Paraguay gets in touch with families from the Colony to participate in the project and offers them the money to look after the remaining wooded areas giving up to agricultural exploitation. It could be considered as a successful experience despite of the multiple setbacks presented in the implementation. It is shown that Paraguay is stepping into alternative source of financing for forests and wooded areas preservation which also contributes to local economic profitability. Thus, it is a viable alternative for agricultural families to balance their work and the environmental sustainability.

Keywords : environmental-economics; carbon-bonds; development; Paraguay; sustainability.

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