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Application of Clean Development Mechanism to forest plantation projects and rural development in India
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4484-266X
Physical Resource Theory, Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
Indian Institute of Science, Centre for Ecological Science, Bangalore, India.
2009 (English)In: Applied Geography, ISSN 0143-6228, E-ISSN 1873-7730, Vol. 29, no 1, 2-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the prospects for establishing afforestation and reforestation Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Karnataka State, India. Building on multi-disciplinary fieldwork, the aim is to: (i) establish what type of plantations and forests that would best suit a forest-based project activity, considering global climate benefits and local sustainable development objectives; (ii) identify the parameters that are important for ensuring sustainable development at the local level and (iii) develop a transparent ranking tool for the assessment of possible forest-based project activities. Using equal weights for the ranking parameters and a 30-year time horizon, the ranking shows that plantations managed with the shortest rotation period (5 years) would be most suitable for forest-based project activities. However, the performance of individual forest-based project activities will depend on local conditions, which need to be reflected in the weighting procedure. Sensitivity analysis shows that when weights are varied, other forest types can become the preferred option. Based on a combination of the sensitivity analysis and results from the fieldwork, it can be concluded that successful implementation of forest-based project activities will require local participation and are likely to involve multiple forest products and environmental services demanded by the local community.

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2009. Vol. 29, no 1, 2-11 p.
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Carbon sequestration, Clean Development Mechanism, Forest plantation, Karnataka, Land use, Land-use change, Forestry, Rural development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17521DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2008.05.002OAI: diva2:209960
Available from: 2009-03-28 Created: 2009-03-27 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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