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Incentives to Reduce GHG Emissions from Deforestation: Lessons Learned from Costa Rica and Mexico


  • Katia Karousakis


Global deforestation is occurring at a fast rate, around 13 million ha/yr (FAO, 2006) and is a major contributor to climate change. Emissions from deforestation in the 1990s are estimated at 5.8Gt/CO2/yr, and account for one-fifth of global anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG). Moreover, deforestation is the major source of GHG emissions from the land use, land-use change and forestry sector, it constitutes the main source of GHG emissions from many developing countries, and, at a global scale, GHG emissions from deforestation are higher than the total amount produced by the transport sector annually.

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  • Katia Karousakis, 2007. "Incentives to Reduce GHG Emissions from Deforestation: Lessons Learned from Costa Rica and Mexico," OECD Papers, OECD Publishing, vol. 7(1), pages 1-50.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:packaa:5l4cwvq26vjk

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    1. Anthony Hall, 2008. "Paying for environmental services: The case of Brazilian Amazonia," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(7), pages 965-981.
    2. Lederer, Markus, 2011. "From CDM to REDD+ -- What do we know for setting up effective and legitimate carbon governance?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(11), pages 1900-1907, September.

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