Youth Speaker entry #33: Maria Catalina Becerra (Colombia)

Through my work as developer of voluntary forestry carbon projects in tropical countries, I found specific breakpoints or weakness that made me wonder about the real effectiveness of such initiatives to contribute to the mitigation of the climate change impacts and also to benefit communities, including children and youth, that must be taken into consideration when designing politics, and methodologies in order to facilitate the work of the certifier companies whose approval implies the trade of carbon credits.

Maria Catalina BecerraThese findings are important for all the components of the project as they include social, environmental and technical aspects that are commonly hidden by the project developers to the certifiers. Among the facts that should be analized are: the use of native species as monocultures, the use of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides and other pollutants, the violation of the allowed buffers for waterbodies, the use of children and youth as workers and the economic benefits that communities should receive as part of the project.

Text and video are submitted by Maria Catalina Becerra (Colombia) – cata007201(at)

The content, structure and grammar is at the discretion of the author only.

This post is published as an application by the author, to speak as a youth representative at the World Forestry Congress. Have a look at the other entries too!

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