The Kyoto protocol and payments for tropical forest: An interdisciplinary method for estimating carbon-offset supply and increasing the feasibility of a carbon market under the CDM

Journal Article

Protecting tropical forests under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) could reduce the cost of emissions limitations set in Kyoto. However, while society must soon decide whether or not to use tropical forest-based offsets evidence regarding tropical carbon sinks is sparse. This paper presents a general method for constructing an integrated model (based on detailed historical, remote sensing and field data) that can produce land-use and carbon baselines, predict carbon sequestration supply to a carbon-offsets market and also help to evaluate optimal market rules. Creating such integrated models requires close collaboration between social and natural scientists. Our project combines varied disciplinary expertise (in economics, ecology and geography) with local knowledge in order to create high-quality, empirically grounded, integrated models for Costa Rica. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pfaff, ASP; Kerr, S; Hughes, RF; Liu, S; Sanchez-Azofeifa, GA; Schimel, D; Tosi, J; Watson, V

Published Date

  • 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 203 - 221

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0921-8009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0921-8009(00)00199-3