This book addresses the major policy, economic and financial issues encountered in global forest carbon.

The global forest sector is expected to play a major role in achieving the Paris Agreement’s temperature targets. Therefore, there is an urgent need to explore practical and promising solutions to the challenges facing carbon accounting and policy assessment as the global community undertakes forest sector actions—including the widely known REDD+ initiative. This book demonstrates how vital it is that we identify appropriate perspectives and formulate approaches to address these challenges in an integrated and effective manner. In doing so, it addresses many of the major issues, including the differential potentials for carbon sequestration within various forest ecosystems as well as for storage within a variety of harvested wood products, the joint production of timber and carbon, and the measurement and impact of forest carbon offsets and credits, results-based payments, and other nationally determined contributions centered differences as well. The book examines regional and country-level case studies from across the world and draws on the author's decades of experience working on forest policy and with the forest sector. Overall, this book highlights the technical and policy issues regarding forest sector carbon emission and removal to build useful perspectives, frameworks, and methods for addressing these issues successfully in the future. It advances the knowledge frontiers of global forest carbon policy, economics and finance as well as the ability to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of forest climate solutions.

This book is essential reading for professionals and policymakers working at the intersection of forest policy, carbon storage and climate change, as well as students and researchers in the fields of forestry, natural resource management, climate change and nature-based solutions.

chapter |8 pages


chapter 3|20 pages

Forest carbon accounting and assessment

Alternative perspectives and methodologies

chapter 5|19 pages

The forest sector's potential role in national decarbonization

China as an example

chapter 6|16 pages

Carbon leakage induced by forest products trade

Outcomes and implications of alternative accounting practices for China

chapter 10|21 pages

Summary and outlook