Potential Land Use and Forest Management Implications for a Carbon-offset Incentive Program
Policymakers and the public have emphasized the need for carbon emission mitigation programs to address climate change. Carbon markets and offsets have received significant attention as a potential mitigation solution. Carbon markets would establish and sell tradable emission permits, allowing industrial fossil fuel users to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide. A forest carbon offset program would enable forest landowners to sell carbon emission permits in return for altering their forest area or its management in ways to sequester and store additional carbon. The sale of carbon offset would also provide financial incentives to owners to retain their land in forest rather than convert it to non-forest or developed uses with attendant losses of ecosystem services. The extent to which forest carbon offset sales programs would actually slow loss of forest land has been largely unknown, and depends on the array of development opportunities available and the degree to which private landowners would respond to an offset sales program.
|Evaluating land-use and private forest management responses to a potential forest carbon offset sales program in western Oregon (USA)||(publication)|
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