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Forests 2012, 3(2), 417-430; doi:10.3390/f3020417
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Sequestering Carbon in China’s Forest Ecosystems: Potential and Challenges

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 and 2,3,*
1 School of Management, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387, China 2 Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA 3 Center for Resource Economics and Management, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling 712100, China
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 4 May 2012 / Revised: 13 June 2012 / Accepted: 14 June 2012 / Published: 20 June 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Role of Forests for Carbon Capture and Storage)
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Abstract

As part of its efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, China has committed to expanding the country’s forest area by 40 million hectares and stocking volume by 1.3 billion m3 from 2006 to 2020. Our analysis suggests that it is very likely that China will realize its goal of forest area expansion; but the target of volume increase represents only a modest gain, which may absorb about 2% of its cumulative carbon emissions. However, China’s forests can be a much more significant carbon sequester and ecosystem services provider if its forest growth rate and stocking level are boosted by improving forest quality and productivity. To that end, however, the silvicultural practices and governance structure must be transformed.
Keywords: China; carbon sequestration; stocking volume; forest management; sivilculture; governance China; carbon sequestration; stocking volume; forest management; sivilculture; governance
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Liu, P.; Yin, R. Sequestering Carbon in China’s Forest Ecosystems: Potential and Challenges. Forests 2012, 3, 417-430.

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