We ensure they get their funding and they use that funding as per an economic development committee that is established," said Brett Goldsworthy, chairman of Shift2Neutral, adding the aim was to make sure the money wasn't squandered.
The tribes are the customary owners of the land and the legal owners of the carbon but many still have subsistence livelihoods.
"You've got tribal people who have barely got any money and they are desperate for money for things like medical aid," Goldsworthy
said on Friday.
"What we will do with our funding is to start instigating other programs along the lines of medical, food aid, schooling, clothing to make sure there is a sustainable future," he
hoped the carbon survey and management plan for the area would be finished by next year, followed by the issuance of the first batch of carbon offsets called VERs, or voluntary emissions reductions, to be sold to investors.
It was too early to provide an accurate estimate of the number of VERs per hectare from the Sarawak site, he
We have wrote to Mr. Brett Goldsworthy
on 7 August 2010 on the said agreement and this was his
has publicly argued the case for alternative standards to be created and I would suppose his
involvement in Shift2Neutral
is a practical demonstration of such.
"The logging issue is paramount as the area is under threat and the villages need to have an alternative, plus a major mining group is there and will be held to account to ensure the environment is not jeopardized," Shift2Neutral Chairman Brett Goldsworthy told Reuters.