David Bray is professor and former chair in the Department of Earth & Environment at Florida International University. He is widely published in academic and popular sources on community forestry in Mexico and has given invited lectures at the Aspen Environmental Forum, the World Bank, and Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment, among other venues.

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Until 2007, forests were the orphan of climate change concerns. They had been largely left out of the Clean Development Mechanism, a carbon-offsets program that emerged from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, because of concerns about permanence (forests can burn down) and leakage (a forest conserved in one place can stimulate deforestation someplace …

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