Forest conservation in the Philippines: A cost-effective approach to mitigating climate change?

TitleForest conservation in the Philippines: A cost-effective approach to mitigating climate change?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSheeran, KA
JournalEcological Economics
Volume58
Issue2
Pagination338-349
ISBN Number0921-8009
Abstract

Slowing tropical deforestation can reduce global carbon emissions and prevent climate change. This article estimates the costs of preserving the carbon sequestration and storage services of tropical forests in the Philippines, and compares the costs of this approach to mitigating climate change with the costs of alternative abatement options in the developed world. Unlike most previous studies, the analysis estimates costs based on opportunity costs and includes non-market activities such as subsistence agriculture. The analysis finds that while the opportunity costs for the Philippines are significant, countries like the U.S. may find paying the Philippines for forest conservation to be a cost-efficient alternative to reducing emissions within their own borders. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

URL<Go to ISI>://WOS:000238671700008
DOI10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.07.014