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Carbon Sequestration and Sustainable Forest Management: Common Aspects and Assessment Procedures

WithCatrinus J. Jepma, Sten Nilsson, Masahiro Amano, Yamil Bonduki, Lars Lönnstedt, Jayant Sathaye, Tom Wilson

Both objectives — to use forestry for carbon sequestration purposes and to manage forests sustainably — stand on their own, because the first relates to the greenhouse problematique and the second essentially to the issue of the global commons. First, both developments require conceptual clarification in the near future. Second, the two developments have similar conceptual problems. Third, the much-discussed baseline problematique — that is, the baseline emission patterns — enters the stage both in the measurement of carbon sequestration and in the sustainable forest management debate. The common argument for a JI pilot phase usually is that time is required to solve technical issues such as establishing a baseline scenario, monitoring procedures, and building up local capacity to assist the projects and to gain experience with actual project application. With regard to greenhouse gas reduction through JI projects, the issue is not only to estimate and calculate the net contribution of the project, but also to verify it.