Public-private partnerships in carbon sequestration projects in the Global South

Robert Hardie

Globalisation of carbon offsetting relating to the needs of developed countries provides a major potential for the economies of the Global South, especially in some of the drier regions of Africa. However, this potential produces a set of tensions, not least in competing land uses for maintaining sustainable communities in contrast to the provision of broader ecosystem services. One of the principle policy mechanisms to address poverty alleviation alongside ecosystem services provision is payments for ecosystem services, and one of the key ways in which these payment systems are being operationalised is through public-private partnerships, whereby governments and communities enter a formal partnership with an NGO or private business to jointly manage these natural resource systems.

This project aims to understand and explain the relationships between public-private partnerships within community carbon-sequestration projects in the global South. It will take an interdisciplinary approach drawing on theories and methods from psychology, international development and planning to explore these issues in collaboration with partner organisation Carbon-Plus Capital.

This project is part of the Risk, Resilience and Responsibility in Public-Private Partnerships in the Green Economy interdisciplinary scholarship network.


With little over a month to go until Donald Trump becomes the President of the United States, Grantham Scholar Robert Hardie wrote optimistically at the future of the climate change movement, looking back on his experiences at COP22 and a recent visit to the Niger Delta. Read: Finding hope for the climate change movement after Trump’s election.

Robert Hardie joined the University of Sheffield’s delegation to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Here he reflects on his experiences as a student attending COP for the first time. Read: Overcoming the tragedy of the commons – a Grantham Scholar’s perspective on COP21.



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