Community Benefits from Nature-Based Projects: Efforts toward Inclusive Conservation

Conservation International

Saturday, December 9th, 2023
10:30 - 11:30

Communities working hard to stop deforestation in nature-based projects are facing a challenge – they’re not getting the full value they deserve. This means they’re not getting consistent compensation for their great work through the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM).  In many cases, there’s no clear system in place for sharing benefits including money made from selling carbon credits. Hear from industry experts and representatives of Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities who will assess current benefit-sharing frameworks and provide forward-looking guidance for driving benefit-sharing industry best practices. These include approaches on fair and transparent accounting for project benefits. Speakers will highlight key recommendations on how communities can meaningfully be involved in project decision-making processes (from feasibility, design to implementation). Speakers will also address how proposed frameworks and guidance can increase market integrity for investors and accelerate demand for high-quality, nature-based carbon crediting projects.


  • Elijah Toirai, Lead, Communities and Natural Climate Solutions, Conservation International
  • Kelley Hamrick, Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
  • Salina Sanou, IPARD Deputy Program Director & FSC-IF Regional Director for Africa and Asia
  • Onel Masardule, Foundation for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge (Fundacion para la Promocion del Conocimiento Indigena)
  • Giulia Carbone, Director, NCS Alliance
  • Linden Edgell, Global Sustainability Director and Partner, ERM