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Getting more 'carbon bang' for your 'buck' in Acre State, Brazil

Palmer, Charles, Taschini, Luca and Laing, Timothy (2017) Getting more 'carbon bang' for your 'buck' in Acre State, Brazil. Ecological Economics, 142. pp. 214-227. ISSN 0921-8009

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.06.024

Abstract

Acre State in Brazil is at the forefront of efforts to institutionalize jurisdictional-scale policies that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Given limited REDD+ funds and uncertain returns from alternative land uses, this paper estimates the minimum incentive payment Acre’s government would have to pay forest landowners in each of its 22 municipalities to ensure forest conservation. Despite lower profits but with lower conversion costs and more stable returns over time relative to corn and coffee production, cattle pasture generates the highest returns in 19 municipalities. Municipalities are ranked according to their relative policy costs, a ranking which is compared to the distribution of forest carbon stocks across Acre. Finally, the relative cost per tonne of carbon is derived, which enables the identification of a group of 13 municipalities with the greatest potential for ‘carbon bang’ for a given ‘buck’.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/ecological-econo...
Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Government
Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 11:45
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 02:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/81915

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