Overestimating conservation costs in Southeast Asia

Ruslandi, X, Venter, Oscar, and Putz, Francis E. (2011) Overestimating conservation costs in Southeast Asia. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9. pp. 542-544.

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[Extract] It is important to moderate the often exaggerated expectations about the potential for carbon payments to secure tropical forest conservation, but pessimism also needs to be kept in check. On the pessimistic side, Fisher et al. (Front Ecol Environ 2011; 9[6]: 329–34) estimated that the opportunity costs of conserving forests in Southeast Asia range between US$9860 and US$12 750 per hectare from logging and a further US$11 240 per hectare from subsequent conversion to oil-palm (Elaeis guineensis) plantations. We agree with the authors that these costs exceed any likely payments from international programs for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+), but we do not think that these figures apply generally across Southeast Asia.

Item ID: 21284
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-9309
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 23:21
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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