Survey of technical and management-based mitigation measures in forestry

M.J. Schelhaas, E. Cienciala, M. Lindner, G.J. Nabuurs, J. Meyer

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Abstract

Forests contribute considerably to the terrestrial carbon sink. Although the speed of uptake is generally low, the stocks in both biomass and soil are high. Within the Kyoto Protocol, active forest management can be used to reach the goals for emission reduction. In this report, an extensive list of measures is compiled detailing the ways in which forestry could contribute to an enhanced sink, or could reduce emissions. Most measures in forest management will have small effects, and these effects will generally only become visible in the long term. Effective measures can be divided into three categories; firstly, those that protect existing carbon stocks. Such measures include avoiding deforestation, not harvesting stands with high carbon contents, increased fire prevention and minimising site preparation. Secondly, those that aim to increase average carbon stocks, such as afforestation, conversion to continuous cover forestry and changes in rotation length. The third category are measures that aim at harvesting biomass to create bioenergy. Such measures could be the use of logging residues, increasing the amount of fellings aimed at bioenergy wood, the (re)introduction of pre-commercial thinnings, and the establishment of short rotation coppice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication[S.l.]
PublisherIEEP
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • forests
  • carbon dioxide
  • carbon cycle
  • carbon sequestration
  • emission
  • bioenergy
  • forest management
  • mitigation

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