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Permanence of CDM forests or non-permanence of land use related carbon credits?

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    Carbon sequestration projects in the context of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) suffer from the stigma of permanence risk. The risk that carbon reduced or sequestered in forestry projects is release further down the road is in fact undeniable, whoever bears the onus. The merit of the so-called ?ton/year approach? is to destroy the fiction of infinity when talking about permanent sequestration. The merit of the ?Columbian proposal? is to destroy the fiction of comparability between technological emission reduction and sequestration in natural systems. Yet, both approaches are discussed as more or less unrelated alternatives. By making use of both methodologies and providing a link between both proposals on permanence in CDM forestry, the present article puts forward the proposal of leasing reduction certificates. -- Kohlenstoffbindungsprojekte im Rahmen des Kompensationsmechanismus für Saubere Entwicklung (Clean Development Mechanism - CDM) des Kyoto-Protokolls leiden unter dem Stigma des Permanenzrisikos. Das Risiko, dass die in Waldprojekten erreichte Bindungs- oder Reduzierungseffekte durch spätere Entwaldung wieder zunichte gemacht werden, ist nicht von der Hand zu weisen, einerlei, wer es zu tragen hat. Das Verdienst des sog. ?ton/year approach? ist, die Fiktion der Unendlichkeit in Bezug auf Bindungspermanenz zerstört zu haben. Demgegenüber steht der sog. ?kolumbianische Vorschlag?, der die Fiktion der Vergleichbarkeit zwischen technischerEmissionsreduzierung und natürlicher Kohlenstoffbindung zerstört. Beide Ansätze stehen derzeit unverbunden im Raum. Der vorliegende Artikel macht sich der Methodik beider Vorschläge zunutze und schlägt die Verbindung zwischen ihnen. Er resultiert im Vorschlag, des Leasings von Reduktionszertifikaten.

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    Paper provided by Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) in its series HWWA Discussion Papers with number 134.

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    1. Marechal, Kevin & Hecq, Walter, 2006. "Temporary credits: A solution to the potential non-permanence of carbon sequestration in forests?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(4), pages 699-716, July.
    2. Philip Fearnside, 2002. "Why a 100-Year Time Horizon should be used for GlobalWarming Mitigation Calculations," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 19-30, March.
    3. Bruno Locatelli & Lucio Pedroni, 2006. "Will Simplified Modalities and Procedures Make More Small-Scale Forestry Projects Viable Under the Clean Development Mechanism?," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 621-643, May.
    4. Michael Dutschke, 2002. "Fractions of permanence – Squaring the cycle of sink carbon accounting," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 7(4), pages 381-402, December.
    5. Miriam Miranda & Carel Dieperink & Pieter Glasbergen, 2002. "The Social Meaning of Carbon Dioxide Emission Trading Institutional Capacity Building for a Green Market in Costa Rica," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 69-86, March.
    6. Marshall, Liz & Kelly, Alexia, 2010. "The Time Value of Carbon and Carbon Storage: Clarifying the terms and the policy implications of the debate," MPRA Paper 27326, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Emma Paulsson, 2009. "A review of the CDM literature: from fine-tuning to critical scrutiny?," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 63-80, February.
    8. Frank Vöhringer, 2004. "Forest conservation and the clean development mechanism: Lessons from the Costa Rican protected areas project," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 9(3), pages 217-240, July.
    9. Suraje Dessai & E. Schipper & Esteve Corbera & Bo Kjellén & María Gutiérrez & Alex Haxeltine, 2005. "Challenges and Outcomes at the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 105-124, 06.

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