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Special Issue "Forest Carbon Inventories and Management"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tek Maraseni

Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CSAS), Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment (ILSE), University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
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Interests: Carbon management, forestry, carbon trading, natural resources management, REDD+, CDM

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forest covers about 30% of the total world’s land area, but it stores 45% of terrestrial carbon. However, deforestation and forest degradation are still a major source of greenhouse gases (GHG); but, if appropriate mechanisms are in place and properly implemented, the forestry sector could reduce up to 5.5 GtCO2e emissions each year. Realizing this potential, 97 developing countries have included Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and 50 of these countries are aiming for emission reductions through forestry activities. However, there are concerns about the transparency, integrity and credibility of the GHG estimates. For the LULUCF sector, there is a massive difference in cumulative GHG emissions based on country reports and those estimated in scientific studies. This emphasizes the need of meeting IPCC and UNFCCC guidelines of principles of transparency, consistency, comparability, completeness and accuracy (TCCCA) in carbon inventories.

There are several forest management practices that could be instrumental in storing carbon and reducing GHG emissions from forests. We encourage studies from all forest management fields including, but not limited to, (1) five activities: reducing emissions from deforestation; reducing emissions from forest degradation; conservation of forest carbon stocks; sustainable management of forests; and enhancement of forest carbon stocks; (2) five carbon pools: above-ground biomass; below-ground biomass; dead wood; litter; and soil organic carbon; and (3) three GHGs: carbon dioxide (CO2); methane (CH4); and nitrous oxide (N2O).

Prof. Dr. Tek Maraseni
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Modification of rotation length
  • Fire management
  • Pest and disease management
  • CDM
  • REDD+
  • Biochar and forests carbon
  • Biodiversity and carbon
  • Forests Reference Levels

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Open AccessArticle Carbon Footprint Analysis of Bamboo Scrimber Flooring—Implications for Carbon Sequestration of Bamboo Forests and Its Products
Forests 2019, 10(1), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10010051
Received: 20 November 2018 / Revised: 29 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 January 2019 / Published: 11 January 2019
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Bamboo forest is characterized by large carbon sequestration capability and it plays an important role in mitigating climate change and global carbon cycling. Previous studies have mostly focused on carbon cycling and carbon stocks in bamboo forest ecosystems, whereas the carbon footprints of [...] Read more.
Bamboo forest is characterized by large carbon sequestration capability and it plays an important role in mitigating climate change and global carbon cycling. Previous studies have mostly focused on carbon cycling and carbon stocks in bamboo forest ecosystems, whereas the carbon footprints of bamboo products have not received attention. China is the largest exporting country of bamboo flooring in the world. Estimating the carbon footprint of bamboo flooring is of essential importance for the involved enterprises and consumers to evaluate their own carbon footprints. In this study, we investigated the production processes of bamboo scrimber flooring for outdoor use, a typical bamboo flooring in China. Based on business-to-business (B2B) evaluation method, we assessed CO2 emission and carbon transfer ratio in each step of the production process, including transporting bamboo culms and producing and packing the products. We found that to produce 1 m3 of bamboo scrimber flooring, direct carbon emissions from fossil fuels during transporting raw materials/semi-finished products, from power consumptions during production, and indirect emissions from applying additives were 30.94 kg CO2 eq, 143.37 kg CO2 eq, and 78.34 kg CO2 eq, respectively. After subtracting the 267.54 kg CO2 eq carbon stocks in the product from the 252.65 kg CO2 eq carbon emissions derived within the defined boundary, we found that the carbon footprint of 1 m3 bamboo scrimber flooring was −14.89 kg CO2 eq. Our results indicated that the bamboo scrimber flooring is a negative carbon-emission product. Finally, we discussed factors that influence the carbon footprint of the bamboo flooring and gave suggestions on carbon emission reduction during production processes. This study provided a scientific basis for estimating carbon stocks and carbon footprints of bamboo products and further expanded knowledge on carbon cycling and lifespan of carbon in the bamboo forest ecosystem. Full article
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