The new corporate enclosures: plantation forestry, carbon markets and the limits of financialised solutions to the climate crisis

Richards, Carol and Lyons, Kristen (2016) The new corporate enclosures: plantation forestry, carbon markets and the limits of financialised solutions to the climate crisis. Land Use Policy, 56 209-216. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.05.013


Author Richards, Carol
Lyons, Kristen
Title The new corporate enclosures: plantation forestry, carbon markets and the limits of financialised solutions to the climate crisis
Journal name Land Use Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8377
1873-5754
Publication date 2016-11-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.05.013
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 56
Start page 209
End page 216
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract In recognition of the opportunities associated with climate change, the finance sector have engaged in market based activities via the acquisition of land for ecosystem services, such as biofuel production or forestry for carbon sequestration. Many of these investments are global in scope; with finance capital from the Global North directed into the acquisition of land in the global South. We take the case study of the self-proclaimed largest plantation forestry operator on the African continent, the Norwegian company, Green Resources and their Ugandan land acquisition, to explore, firstly, the claims-making associated with the expanding financialisation of land and natural resources and secondly, the new corporate enclosures engendered via such companies' participation in the expanding carbon economy. Our findings show that investor claims regarding the economic development and environmental sustainability at the site level do not match with the lived reality of Ugandan villagers at the investment site. Whilst carbon capture is possible, it is outweighed by a suite of social and environment ills, including forced dispossession, biodiversity loss and chemical pollution.
Keyword Climate change
Enclosures
Financialisation
Land acquisition
Land grabs
Norway
Uganda
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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