Next Article in Journal
Simulation of the Effect of Intensive Forest Management on Forest Production in Sweden
Next Article in Special Issue
Indigenous Territories and REDD in Latin America: Opportunity or Threat?
Previous Article in Journal / Special Issue
Rights to Land, Forests and Carbon in REDD+: Insights from Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica
Open AccessArticle

REDD+, RFM, Development, and Carbon Markets

Climate Change Program, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, 30501 Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Forests 2011, 2(1), 357-372;
Received: 20 December 2010 / Revised: 5 February 2011 / Accepted: 18 February 2011 / Published: 2 March 2011
Combining responsible forest management (RFM) experiences with literature reviews and stakeholder discussions allows an assessment of the potential role of RFM in reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). RFM contributes to greater carbon storage and biodiversity in forest biomass in comparison to conventional logging and deforestation. Using an adjusted von Thünen model to explain land user behavior in relation to different variables, considering a general forest transition curve and looking at a potential relation between governance and deforestation rates, the authors conclude that reduction of deforestation and forest degradation can only be achieved by a combined approach of increasing forest rent relative to other land uses and reducing transaction costs for forest management and conservation. More than providing an additional income for a privileged few, REDD+ will need to address the barriers that have been identified in RFM over the past 30 years of investment in forest management and conservation. Most of these are of an institutional nature, but also culture and social organization as well as locally specific development trends play a significant role in increasing the potential for application of RFM and REDD+. View Full-Text
Keywords: net present value; transaction costs; governance net present value; transaction costs; governance
MDPI and ACS Style

Louman, B.; Cifuentes, M.; Chacón, M. REDD+, RFM, Development, and Carbon Markets. Forests 2011, 2, 357-372.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Only visits after 24 November 2015 are recorded.
Search more from Scilit
Back to TopTop