Targeting deforestation rates in climate change policy: A "Preservation Pathway" approach

Kevin Gurney, Leigh Raymond

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Abstract

We present a new methodological approach to incorporating deforestation within the international climate change negotiating regime. The approach, called "Preservation Pathway" combines the desire for forest preservation with the need to reduce emissions associated with forest loss by focusing on the relative rate of change of forest cover as the criteria by which countries gain access to trading preserved forest carbon stocks. This approach avoids the technically challenging task of quantifying historical or future deforestation emission baselines. Rather, it places emphasis on improving quantification of contemporary stocks and the relative decline in deforestation rates necessary to preserve those stocks. This approach places emphasis on the complete emissions trajectory necessary to attain an agreed-upon preserved forest and as such, meets both forest conservation and climate goals simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalCarbon Balance and Management
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 3 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
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Targeting deforestation rates in climate change policy : A "Preservation Pathway" approach. / Gurney, Kevin; Raymond, Leigh.

In: Carbon Balance and Management, Vol. 3, 2, 03.03.2008.

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