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Benefits of tropical forest management



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ENVSCI 802 1 9 environmental science policy xxx 2010 xxx xxx available at www sciencedirect com 1 2 3 F journal homepage www elsevier com locate envsci 5 Nophea Sasaki a Atsushi Yoshimoto b b Graduate School of Applied Informatics University of Hyogo 1 3 3 22F Higashikawasaki cho Chuo ku Kobe 650 004 Japan The Institute of Statistical Mathematics 10 3 Midori cho Tachikawa Tokyo 190 8562 Japan PR a abstract Keywords Promoting sustainable forest management as part of the reduced emissions from defores Carbon price tation and degradation in developing countries REDD plus mechanism in the Copenhagen Deforestation Accord of December 2009 implies that tropical forests will no longer be ignored in the new Forest degradation climate change agreement As new financial incentives are pledged costs and revenues on a Financial returns 1 ha tract of tropical forestland being managed or cleared for other land use options need to Forest management costs be assessed so that appropriate compensation measures can be proposed Cambodia s Opportunity costs highly stocked evergreen forest which has experienced rapid degradation and deforesta REDD plus tion will be the first priority forest to be managed if financial incentives through a carbon ED article info CT 6 7 OO 4 Benefits of tropical forest management under the new climate change agreement a case study in Cambodia payment scheme are available By analyzing forest inventory data we assessed the revenues and costs for managing a hypothetical 1 ha of forestland against six land use options business as usual timber harvesting BAU timber forest management under the REDD RR E plus mechanism forest to teak plantation forest to acacia plantation forest to rubber plantation and forest to oil palm plantation We determined annual equivalent values for each option and the BAU timber and REDD plus management options were the highest with both options influenced by logging costs and timber price Financial incentives should be provided at a level



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