Special Issue "Impact of Sustainable Forest Management on Biomass Growth and Carbon Accumulation Capacity"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 7792
Interests: sustainable forest management (SFM); applied silviculture; community-based forest management; international forest/environmental policies and regimes; biodiversity monitoring; forest resource assessment; carbon forestry
Interests: SFM; applied silviculture; international forest/environmental policies and regimes; biodiversity; forest resource assessment; carbon forestry
Interests: SFM; applied silviculture; forest resource assessment; survey statistics; forest growth and yield studies; carbon forestry
Forests provide a wealth of goods and services that are indispensable for human wellbeing. Storage of a quarter of a trillion tons of carbon, reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere, regulation of water and climate services, and maintenance of biodiversity are major ecosystem services provided by the forests. Despite their enormous benefits, forests are still being destroyed at an alarming rate – 10 million hectares annually. Consequently, forest and other land use sectors (excluding agriculture) are responsible for about 11% of global net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the other side of the forest carbon ledger, researchers have indicated that avoiding tropical deforestation and forest degradation and safeguarding current sequestration produce a combined tropical forest mitigation of a total of 3.45 billion tons per year, which could amount to ~29% of all anthropogenic carbon mitigation. Protection and sustainable management of forest are the only proven carbon-capture and storage techniques that are natural, safe, and affordable and can be deployed at a large scale globally. The circumstances motivated the international community to consider sustainable forest management (SFM) as one of the most effective strategies in addressing the imminent ‘bio-climate catastrophe’.
New global commitments and international mechanisms (e.g., Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, Paris Agreement, REDD+, FLEGT) have increased the political focus on forests. The Paris Agreement encouraged parties to take action to implement and support policy approaches and positive incentives for SFM and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. Without sustainable management of all types of forests, a global balance between anthropogenic emissions and removals of GHGs in the second half of this century is not likely.
Therefore, this Special Issue focuses on the contribution of forestry practices and activities under the umbrella of SFM approaches to mitigate the bio-climate catastrophe through enhanced forest growth and consequently increased carbon stocks within the forests. It includes case studies from several countries exploring the environmental and ecological dimensions of SFM.
Dr. Prem Raj Neupane
Prof. Dr. Michael Köhl
Dr. Philip Mundhenk
Dr. Archana Gauli
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- forest biomass
- forest carbon
- sustainable forest management