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Deforestation-Carbon Markets Research

| Saturday March 29th, 2008 | 2 Comments

Finding ways to include deforestation abatement projects into the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and private sector emissions trading schemes such as the EU’s ETS – thereby providing a market-based mechanism that offers an incentive and financing to jumpstart forest conservation initiatives – is one of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s priorities.
Fossil fuel use and land use change account for roughly 1/5 of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, according to the IPCC’s 2007 assessment report. Researchers at the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany have put out a discussion paper that evaluates the economic implications of creating tradable carbon credits, such as CDM CERs (Certified Emissions Reductions), derived from reduced deforestation projects for the post-Kyoto emissions market in 2020.
Write “Reducing Deforestation and Trading Emissions: Economic Implications for the Post-Kyoto Carbon Market” authors’ Niels Anger and Jayant Sathaye, “We find that integrating avoided deforestation in international emissions trading considerably decreases the costs of post-Kyoto climate policy – even when accounting for conventional abatement options of developing countries.
“At the same time, tropical rainforest regions receive substantial net revenues from exporting carbon-offset credits to the industrialized world. Moreover, reduced deforestation can increase environmental effectiveness by enabling industrialized countries to tighten their carbon constraints without increasing mitigation costs.”
Tropical Foresters to Meet at Yale
Meanwhile, the Yale University chapter will be hosting the International Society of Tropical Forester’s annual conference in New Haven March 28-29.
The potential impacts of bioenergy and deforestation on tropical landscapes, both of which hold the potential to offset carbon emissions, would have significantly different impacts on land uses, according to the organizers, hence discussions will focus on questions such as whether bioenergy will be a tool for tropical forest conservation or a catalyst of its destruction and whether biofuel production and deforestation are compatible.


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  • robert Vincin

    Avoiding deforestation has some merit but C3 (photosynthesis pathway) trees professionally harvested are critical for all the obvious reasons. C3 trees are a source of CO2 emissions the exception C3 Rainforests trees with C4 under storey generating soil carbon (all the above well documented WWW).
    Here in China we are planting out dedicated C4 “trees” to Kyoto article 3.3 and 3.4 reaching set height and, the life cycle of 70-100yrs rule(which most C3 tress fail to do). The Recent PRC World Forestry Journal carried an article recognizing the C4 vegetation is critical to ensure sustainable soil carbon offsetting the emissions of C3 trees. Nature (the rainforest) got it right “balance in situ the emissions of C3 forestry by generating via C4 vegetation tree understorey”. We plant out our C4 Kyoto compliant “trees” in deserts, and eroded regions sequestering more than 25tonne CO2 per hectare PA
    delivering low cost Kyoto compliant credits, the big benefits are desert reversal, re-creating rain fall to Alps, and big bonus teaching and returning the Farmer sustainable agriculture with C4 derived soil carbon for food and fodder while sequestering CO2 Farmers are the folk to “Save the Planet”. Robert Vincin China!

  • Devin Patrick

    I was just reading and i found out that if you would cut down all the trees on the earth that it will cause a huge climate change… and i am wondering if anyone could contact me cause i need a personal interview for a school assignment… email is d_pat45@yahoo.com
    Thank you