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Climate Change Mitigation Through Reduced-Impact Logging and the Hierarchy of Production Forest Management
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP, UK
Biocarbon Consult, Badstr. 41, Offenburg 77652, Germany
Silvestrum VoF, 123 Orchid Villas, Indu Fortune Fields, Hyderabad 500072, India
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Received: 21 November 2011; in revised form: 30 December 2011 / Accepted: 10 January 2012 / Published: 20 January 2012
Abstract: The proposed hierarchy of production forest management provides modus operandi for forest concessions to move incrementally towards Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) via Reduced-Impact Logging (RIL) and forest certification. Financial benefits are sourced in the “Additionality Zone”, financing the rise in the hierarchy and offsetting prohibitive forest and carbon certification costs. RIL carbon registration components consist of developing credible baseline, additionality and leakage arguments around the business-as-usual scenario through the quantification of historical forest inventory and production records, forest infrastructure records and damage to the residual forest. If conventional harvesting is taken as a baseline, research indicates RIL can potentially reduce emissions by approximately 1–7 tCO2e ha−1yr−1. The current market price of USD $7.30 per tCO2e may result in over USD $50 ha−1yr−1 in additional revenue, well above the estimated USD $3–5 ha−1 in carbon transaction costs. Concessions in Sabah Malaysia demonstrate the financial viability of long-term RIL and certification planning. This may act as a basis for future planned forest management activities involving RIL, carbon and forest certification through the hierarchy of production forest management.
Keywords: reduced-impact logging; carbon offset; sustainable forest management; hierarchy of production forest management
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Galante, M.V.; Dutschke, M.; Patenaude, G.; Vickers, B. Climate Change Mitigation Through Reduced-Impact Logging and the Hierarchy of Production Forest Management. Forests 2012, 3, 59-74.
Galante MV, Dutschke M, Patenaude G, Vickers B. Climate Change Mitigation Through Reduced-Impact Logging and the Hierarchy of Production Forest Management. Forests. 2012; 3(1):59-74.
Galante, Michael Victor; Dutschke, Michael; Patenaude, Genevieve; Vickers, Ben. 2012. "Climate Change Mitigation Through Reduced-Impact Logging and the Hierarchy of Production Forest Management." Forests 3, no. 1: 59-74.