Reducing emissions from tropical deforestation and forest degradation

Graham, Victoria, Nurhidayah, Laely, and Astuti, Rini (2020) Reducing emissions from tropical deforestation and forest degradation. In: Goldstein, Michael, and DellaSala, Dominick A., (eds.) Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 260-268.

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Abstract

Forests are an integral element of life on earth. Providing oxygen to breathe, watershed protection, erosion control, carbon storage, and opportunities for people to connect with nature. Science warns us that at the rate forests are being destroyed, humans will alter the planet so significantly, that many lives (human and other species) will be extirpated. Recognition of the true value of forests, for their carbon storage function, is driving global agreements and policies to promote emissions reductions from land use across all biomes, but particularly in the tropics. Sizable levels of financial support have been directed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, in the scope of USD 1.1-2.7 billion per year. But is this enough? This level of investment is still dwarfed by income from timber, agriculture, mining and palm oil cultivationdkey drivers of tropical forest loss. We describe opportunities for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, discuss risks in measuring emissions reductions and draw attention to key political, social and environmental challenges from a regional perspective of Southeast Asia; a region in the spotlight for the mass expansion of oil palm plantations and polluting wildfires.

Item ID: 70921
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 9780128160978
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2022 02:48
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410101 Carbon sequestration science @ 40%
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3702 Climate change science > 370203 Greenhouse gas inventories and fluxes @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440604 Environmental geography @ 30%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1903 Mitigation of climate change > 190301 Climate change mitigation strategies @ 50%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190205 Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives) @ 50%
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