The critical time to preserve rainforest is now before more valuable forest disappears forever.
It is wise to recognize that avoided deforestation is valuable even without a guarantee of permanence. Carbon sequestration doesn’t have to be permanent to be part of a climate change mitigation program. READ MORE »
Rainforest PreservationLast Updated on 2009-03-13 00:00:00The critical time to preserve rainforest is now before more valuable forest disappears forever.
It is wise to recognize that avoided deforestation is valuable even without a guarantee of permanence. Carbon sequestration doesn’t have to be permanent to be part of a climate change mitigation program.
There are two ways that temporary commitments to carbon sequestration buy time to act on climate change:
1) Temporary sequestration buys insurance against catastrophe in the face of uncertainty. The climate system is unstable. Small changes can trigger large and irreversible impacts, such as those that apparently shifted the Sahara from being heavily vegetated to desert (Foley and others 2003; Schneider 2004).
There is a fear that too much CO2 in the atmosphere, or too rapid a rise in CO 2, could have the same kind of catastrophic effect. But we don’t know the thresholds beyond which... More »
Carbon Credits from the ForestLast Updated on 2008-09-11 16:38:46I recently returned from Costa Rica on a mission to work towards achieving CCB certification for the Pax Natura Project. The science involved in calculating how much carbon is sequestered in a tropical rainforest is amazing. Quite alluring actually.
There is nothing like it. Walking around with oodles of foresters who are measuring the circumference of tree trunks, inventorying the range of tree species and analyzing what is compacted to make the floor of the forest.
It's not guesswork, I can tell you that.
More later on the adventures of capturing carbon in the rain forests of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica - A Leader in Forest PreservationLast Updated on 2008-01-08 00:00:00Costa Rica, itself a founder of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been a leader in establishing and defining a category of environmental services, well ahead of other global efforts such as the Kyoto Protocol. Costa Rican citizens have taken bold action to protect their natural heritage. Theirs was the first tropical nation where a network of government and non-government organizations joined forces to establish 28 national parks and reserves creating a comprehensive national park system in this tiny country.
Extraordinary for a developing country, Costa Rica has created a self-financed system of fees imposed primarily on fossil fuels that help support payments to farmers and landowners for preserving forests. While providing these locally valuable services, these protected forests also preserve the country’s incomparable and priceless... More »
Kyoto's FlawLast Updated on 2008-01-06 13:35:21The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), now enshrined as the Kyoto Protocol, is an attempt by the world’s governments to roll back greenhouse gas emissions by member nations to 1990 levels as a first start.
The rule book for the Kyoto Protocol set detailed rules for its implementation. Under the Land-use, Land-use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) provision, a “cap and trade system” was adopted similar to (and inspired by) the immensely successful US Pollution Credit Trading Scheme. Under this system, ratifying countries set a “cap” on emissions then provide for industry to buy or sell surplus credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) protocols. This system allowed countries or entities actively reforesting land (or even just allowing cleared or damaged land to reforest itself) to sell “carbon emission trading credits” for the carbon thus... More »
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