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Once the province of think tanks, academics, and global agencies such as the UN, climate change has finally penetrated the world's consciousness. To date, international attention has focused primarily on the industrial and energy sectors. However, the agriculture, forestry, and land use sector is a major driver of the climate change problem and, thus, must be an integral part of the solution. In this wide-ranging volume, international experts explain the links between climate change and forests, highlighting the potential role of this sector within emerging climate policy frameworks and carbon markets. After framing forestry activities within the larger context of climate-change policy, the contributors analyze the operation and efficacy of market-based mechanisms for forest conservation and climate change.
Drawing on project examples from around the world, the authors present concrete recommendations for policymakers, project developers, and market participants. They discuss sequestration rights in Chile, carbon offset programs in Australia and New Zealand, and emerging policy incentives at all levels of the U.S. government. Climate Change and Forests also explores the different voluntary schemes for carbon crediting, provides an overview of carbon accounting best practices, and presents tools for use in future sequestration and offset programs. It concludes by considering a range of incentive options for slowing deforestation and protecting the world's remaining forests.
"Climate Change and Forests is a timely summary of emerging policy and opportunities related to forestry-based carbon markets. Recommended."
"Climate Change and Forests provides a helpful overview of the history of the agriculture, forestry and other land-use sector in international negotiations, a description and analysis of current policy. This book is a helpful contribution to the critical and challenging negotiations ahead."
– H. Carolyn Peach Brown, Climate Policy
"The book is a valuable and well-structured reference manual and contains a wealth of up-to-date information that will provide useful for both an academic and non-academic audience."
– Tobias Plieninger, Ecological Economics
"In a post-Kyoto context, Climate Change and Forests fills an important niche in the literature on global warming and its alleviation. Divided into four substantive sections, it deftly summarizes key policy and practical issues that must be considered if forestry is to play its indispensable part in emissions reductions."
– International Affairs
"The book provides an excellent historical background and describes the process and logic of negotiations, past and present. The multiple analyses of technical problems associated with carbon sequestration and forests make it valuable to both newcomers and veterans in the field."
– Michael Obersteiner, Nature
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Charlotte Streck is director of Climate Focus B.V., a Rotterdam-based consultancy on climate law and policy and the international carbon market. Previously she spent five years as senior legal counsel with the World Bank.
Robert O'Sullivan heads Climate Focus' North America office. He previously worked in the World Bank's Legal Department.
Toby Janson-Smith leads Conservation International's Ecosystem Service Investments program and formerly directed the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance.
Richard Tarasofsky is a legal counsel with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. At the time this book was written, he was the head of the Energy, Environment, and Development program at Chatham House.