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

Richards, Carol & 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, pp. 209-216.

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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.

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ID Code: 96059
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Enclosures, Financialisation, Climate Change, Land Acquistion, Land Grabs, Norway, Uganda
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.05.013
ISSN: 0264-8377
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2016 22:39
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 02:27

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