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The Role of Forests as Carbon Sinks: Land-Use and Carbon Accounting

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  • Renato Rosa

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Clara Costa Duarte

    (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

  • Maria A. Cunha-e-Sá

    (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Abstract

The use of forests as carbon sinks is examined by introducing carbon sequestration benefits’ accounting in a multi-vintage land allocation model. Following the IPCC, three carbon accounting methods are considered. We compare the results in each case with those without carbon sequestration, as well as the performances of the ton-year and the average methods (second-best) to the carbon flow (first-best) concerning optimal land allocation between forestry and alternative uses, total carbon sequestered, timber production and social welfare. A full proof of long-run optimality of steady state forest is provided. Numerical simulations are performed and results discussed illustrating the setup’s potential.

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  • Renato Rosa & Clara Costa Duarte & Maria A. Cunha-e-Sá, 2009. "The Role of Forests as Carbon Sinks: Land-Use and Carbon Accounting," Working Papers 2009.61, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2009.61
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    Keywords

    Land Allocation Model; Forest Vintages; Carbon Sequestration; Carbon Accounting; Optimal Rotation; Transition/steady-state;

    JEL classification:

    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry

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