Consideration of Country and Forestry/Land-Use Characteristics in Choosing Forestry Instruments to Achieve Climate Mitigation Goals

WithKenneth R. Richards, Ralph Alig, John D. Kinsman, Matti Palo, Brent Sohngen

To implement effective carbon sequestration policies policymakers must analyze key characteristics of the country (geographic, institutional, economic, and infrastructural factors) and forestry and land-use practices (the degree of risk associated with investment, the relative difficulty in measuring sequestration, and the degree of discretion allowed). Without careful analysis of this type, policies may have unintended negative effects.