Special Policy Focus - Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits


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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.

  

  

 

Our ResultsOur research finds that most deforestation generates relatively small economic benefits for the damage caused. Avoiding deforestation in the humid tropics can be a cost-effective approach for large reductions in CO2  emissions. With the right policy incentives, mechanisms for encouraging REDD could bring significant benefits to smallholder farmers, to ecosystems, and to the global climate.

 

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See also: The Case For Avoided Deforestation (May 2007)