Special Issue "Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals in Tropical Forests"


A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo Kobe 650-0044, Japan
Website: http://www.ai.u-hyogo.ac.jp/~nophea/
E-Mail: nop.kankyo@ai.u-hyogo.ac.jp
Phone: +8178 303 1929
Interests: Sustainable management of forests and ecosystem services; tropical forestry and climate change mitigation; integrated international development; and renewable bioenergy management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable management of tropical forests becomes increasingly important in improving local livelihood of forest-dependent communities, conserving biodiversity, and mitigating climate change. Repeated mismanagement coupled with growing human population and lack of financial incentives has resulted in rapid deforestation and forest degradation in tropical countries. Consequently, tropical deforestation and forest degradation were responsible for up to 25% of global carbon emissions, and about 89% of all threatened birds, 83% of threatened mammals, and 91% of threatened plants were affected by deforestation and forest degradation.

Foreseeing the adverse effects of mismanagement of tropical forests, international efforts have been made and a new financial compensation scheme was adopted: i.e., the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Management of Forests, and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The REDD+ scheme is a performance-based financial incentive that compensates activities that result in carbon emission reductions (reductions) or increasing carbon stocks (removals) in developing countries. It is obvious that appropriate carbon accounting systems are important for estimating such reductions or removals, or both, because they will be used as the basis for financial compensation. Although various carbon accounting systems were developed, no single accounting system was agreed for use in estimating reductions or removals for all elements of REDD+. This special issue is designed to focus specifically on carbon accounting methods for reductions or removals at project, subnational, and national levels, biodiversity assessment methods and safeguards, and management interventions for reducing deforestation and forest degradation or restoring degraded forests.

The call for papers is open to everyone; and all speakers at the REDD+ Symposium “Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals in Tropical Forests. February 22–23, 2014 in Kobe, Japan” (http://www.ai.u-hyogo.ac.jp/~nophea/symposium/reddsymposium2014.html) are encouraged to submit presented papers for publication consideration.

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Guest Editor


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  • Biodiversity assessment
  • biodiversity safeguards
  • benefit sharing
  • carbon emissions
  • deforestation
  • mission reductions
  • forest degradation
  • REDD+
  • removals

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p. 1137-1157
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Land 2014, 3(3), 1137-1157; doi:10.3390/land3031137
Received: 29 June 2014; in revised form: 21 August 2014 / Accepted: 29 August 2014 / Published: 16 September 2014
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p. 1037-1058
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Land 2014, 3(3), 1037-1058; doi:10.3390/land3031037
Received: 3 June 2014; in revised form: 31 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 August 2014 / Published: 22 August 2014
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p. 639-657
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Land 2014, 3(3), 639-657; doi:10.3390/land3030639
Received: 11 March 2014; in revised form: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 2 July 2014
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