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Simulating options for carbon sequestration through improved management of a lowland tropical rainforest

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  • BOSCOLO, MARCO
  • BUONGIORNO, JOSEPH
  • PANAYOTOU, THEODORE
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    The growing evidence that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are related to global warming has prompted several countries to consider options for reducing and offsetting current carbon dioxide emissions. Opportunities for carbon sequestration with forestry activities have been analysed in detail primarily in industrialized nations, mainly because of data availability. This article presents a model that simulates a tropical forest stand in its role as a source of income and as a carbon store, and quantifies the potential for and cost-effectiveness of carbon sequestration through modifications of management practices. Results suggest that financing modifications of forestry practices may achieve net carbon sequestration in a relatively cost-effective way. Tropical countries with extensive forest resources may be in a position to offer cost-effective net carbon sequestration options.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 2 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 03 (July)
    Pages: 241-263

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:2:y:1997:i:03:p:241-263_00

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    1. Smith, Joyotee & Mourato, Susana & Veneklaas, Erik & Labarta, Ricardo A. & Reategui, Keneth & Sanchez, Glendy, 1998. "Willingness To Pay For Environmental Services Among Slash-And-Burn Farmers In The Peruvian Amazon: Implications For Deforestation And Global Environmental Markets," 1998 Annual meeting, August 2-5, Salt Lake City, UT, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) 20805, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Boscolo, Marco & Vincent, Jeffrey R., 1998. "Promoting better logging practices in tropical forests," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1971, The World Bank.
    3. G. Cornelis van Kooten & Susanna Laaksonen-Craig & Yichuan Wang, 2007. "Costs of Creating Carbon Offset Credits via Forestry Activities: A Meta-Regression Analysis," Working Papers, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group 2007-03, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group.
    4. Marco Boscolo, 2000. "Multiple Use Management of Tropical Forests: On the Superiority of Land Use Specialization," CID Working Papers, Center for International Development at Harvard University 41, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
    5. Yonky Indrajaya & Edwin van der Werf & Ekko van Ierland & Frits Mohren, 2014. "Optimal Forest Management when Logging Damages and Costs Differ between Logging Practices," CESifo Working Paper Series 4606, CESifo Group Munich.
    6. Boscolo, Marco & Vincent, Jeffrey R., 2003. "Nonconvexities in the production of timber, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 46(2), pages 251-268, September.
    7. Kohn, Robert E., 2001. "Unilateral transfer of abatement capital," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 85-95, April.
    8. Jared Hardner & Peter Frumhoff & Darren Goetze, 2000. "Prospects for mitigating carbon, conserving biodiversity, and promoting socioeconomic development objectives through the clean development mechanism," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, Springer, vol. 5(1), pages 61-80, March.

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