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Forest Carbon and the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism

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Abstract:

Because forestry activities can both generate and remove greenhouse gases, forestry is a central issue in a proposed international climate change treaty, the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol would require industrialized countries to meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; developing countries would not have targets for now. To help meet its goals, an industrialized country could employ the so-called Clean Development Mechanism, which would provide credits for investing in emission reduction projects in developing countries. Some argue that projects involving forestry activities should be ineligible for credits, but neither the language of the treaty nor sound public policy warrant such an approach.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate, Van Ness Feldman, PC, Washington, DC

Publication date: May 1, 2000

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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