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Atmosphere 2016, 7(2), 17; doi:10.3390/atmos7020017

Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Markets for Tree-Based Intercropping Systems in Southern Quebec, Canada

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9, Canada
Département des Sciences Naturelles, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Ripon, QC J0V 1V0, Canada
Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale, Université de Montréal & Jardin botanique de Montréal, Montreal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
Département de Biologie, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1K 2R1, Canada
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Academic Editor: Robinson I. Negron-Juarez
Received: 20 November 2015 / Revised: 19 January 2016 / Accepted: 22 January 2016 / Published: 28 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Carbon Sequestration and Climate: Present and Future)
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Since agriculture directly contributes to global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, integrating trees into agricultural landscapes through agroforestry systems is a viable adaptive strategy for climate change mitigation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the carbon (C) sequestration and financial benefits of C sequestration according to Quebec’s Cap-and-Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowances (C & T System) or the Système de plafonnement et d’échange de droits d’émission de gaz à effet de serre du Québec (SPEDE) program for two experimental 10-year-old tree-based intercropping (TBI) systems in southern Quebec, Canada. We estimated total C stored in the two TBI systems with hybrid poplar and hardwoods and adjacent non-TBI systems under agricultural production, considering soil, crop and crop roots, litterfall, tree and tree roots as C stocks. The C sequestration of the TBI and adjacent non-TBI systems were compared and the market value of the C payment was evaluated using the net present value (NPV) approach. The TBI systems had 33% to 36% more C storage than adjacent non-TBI systems. The financial benefits of C sequestration after 10 years of TBI practices amounted to of $2,259–$2,758 CAD ha−1 and $1,568–$1,913 CAD ha−1 for St. Edouard and St. Paulin sites, respectively. We conclude that valorizing the C sequestration of TBI systems could be an incentive to promote the establishment of TBI for the purpose of GHG mitigation in Quebec, Canada. View Full-Text
Keywords: hybrid poplar; temperate agroforestry; cap-and-trade system; soil carbon storage; carbon budget hybrid poplar; temperate agroforestry; cap-and-trade system; soil carbon storage; carbon budget

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Winans, K.S.; Whalen, J.K.; Rivest, D.; Cogliastro, A.; Bradley, R.L. Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Markets for Tree-Based Intercropping Systems in Southern Quebec, Canada. Atmosphere 2016, 7, 17.

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