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Special Policy Focus - Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits
Climate Change and its global impacts can no longer be ignored. While cutting emissions from fossil fuel consumption deserves continued attention by all levels of the global society, the approximately 20% of emissions that are due to loss of forests and peatlands cannot remain outside the purview of climate change mechanisms.
ASB partners across the humid tropics are conducting research to understand the carbon emissions abatement costs in mixed land use systems. Empirical studies are currently underway at sites in Peru, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cameroon.
The ASB partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins is taking a lead in the global research community to improve the accuracy of full-system carbon accounting for the AFOLU (Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use) sector and understand national-level tradeoffs between the foregone cost and value of carbon emissions.