Category: Forestry

UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on LULUCF Under CDM

On April 23, 2014, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published a report titled “Options for possible additional land use, land-use change and forestry activities and alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the clean development

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions within Australia’s AFOLU Sector

According to a recent report released by the Australian Government, the country’s agriculture, forestry, and other land use sector (AFOLU) accounted for approximately 104.1 MtCO2e (19%) of its total 2013 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (agriculture, 89.6 MtCO2e, and LULUCF, 14.5

A Brief Sectoral Analysis of Australia’s GHG Emissions

In 2010, Australia ranked tenth globally for its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR), Australia’s GHG emissions accounted for approximately 1.54% of total global emissions. The Australian government reported its 2010 emissions to be

Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 2: Forestry)

Continuing from Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 1: Agriculture) Forestry remains the most important part of LULUCF – with the greatest potential as a sink but also as a major contributor to emissions. Compared to agricultural levers, forestry levers are

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Challenges Remain in Australia’s Efforts to its Reach GHG Abatement Goals

Over the past several months, the Australian Coalition Government’s proposed direct action plan has drawn considerable criticism from leading climate change experts.  The plan, which centers on the use of financial incentives to encourage industries’ emissions reductions, would replace the

LULUCF Abatement Rationale & Potential Abatement

Generally, LULUCF abatement solutions are natural, readily available,[1] and unlike some of the other sectors, can be implemented with existing technology.

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Brazil Moving Forward: Barriers and Recommendations to Land-Use Emissions Mitigation

  This will be the final post (concerning Brazil) to promote our recent report on Land-Use and Agricultural Emissions in Brazil and Indonesia. I encourage all to read through the report to gain a more detailed understanding of the current emissions situations in

Are Brazil’s Deforestation Policies Enough?

      As deforestation alone is responsible for well over half of Brazil’s GHG emissions, it is a contentious sector at all levels of government, for businesses, NGOs, and civil society groups. To meet its stated emissions reductions goals by

AFOLU in Brazil: What’s the Big Deal?

When it comes to GHG emissions and climate change, Brazil is a bit of an oddity. Around a third of its current power generation comes from renewables (namely hydroelectricity), it is a pioneer in biofuels and ethanol production, and it

Whose forest is it anyway? – Political Barriers to Reducing Emissions from Forests

Continuing from my previous blog post which discussed the technical barriers developing countries face in reducing forestry relation emissions, this blog post will looks at how domestic politics can hamper the adoption of mitigation strategies. Measuring forests, converting forest land

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