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A Review of Carbon Forest Development in China

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College of Economics and Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
Center of Environmental and Resource Economics, Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Timothy A. Martin
Forests 2017, 8(8), 295;
Received: 11 May 2017 / Revised: 7 August 2017 / Accepted: 10 August 2017 / Published: 13 August 2017
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This paper provides an overview of China’s climate mitigation policy related to the forestry sector, with a special focus on the development of carbon forests which are established to mitigate climate change. A total of 3.5 million ha of carbon forest were planted in the past decade. In recent years, the number of Voluntary Emission Reduction forest carbon projects has increased rapidly. The main challenges for future development of carbon forests under market mechanisms include increasing costs, uncertainty in the future supply and demand for China-certified emission reduction, and potential disputes between households and project developers. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; forestry; carbon forest climate change; forestry; carbon forest

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Zhou, W.; Gong, P.; Gao, L. A Review of Carbon Forest Development in China. Forests 2017, 8, 295.

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