The economics of tree-planting for carbon mitigation: A global assessment

Benitez, P.C., McCallum, I. ORCID:, Obersteiner, M. ORCID:, & Yamagata, Y. (2007). The economics of tree-planting for carbon mitigation: A global assessment. In: Regional Externalities. Eds. Heijman, W., pp.307-321: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 0.1007/978-3-540-35484-0_15.

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This article provides a framework for identifying least-cost sites for carbon sequestration through tree-planting and deriving carbon cost curves at a global level in a scenario of limited information. Special attention is given to country risk considerations and the sensitivity to spatial datasets. Our model results, illustrated by grid-scale maps, show that most least-cost carbon uptake projects are located in Africa, South America and Asia. By comparing emissions reductions through tree-planting with the emission abatement scenarios of integrated assessment models (RICE-99) for a 100-yr time span, we find that global carbon uptake of planted forests could represent between 5% to 25% of the emissions reduction targets of relevant climate change mitigation scenarios.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon sequestration; Carbon cost curves; Country risk considerations
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Bibliographic Reference: In: W. Heijman (Ed.); Regional Externalities; Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp.307-321
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:39
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:19

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