Low-Carbon Technologies: Land Use and Forestry Asia

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There is a substantial amount of forest land in Asia that could be managed for optimal sequestration of carbon emissions.  In particular, establishing plantations and agroforests would substantially contribute to carbon sequestration.  Estimates of mitigation potential include a significant amount of uncertainty, though initial activities have yielded positive results.  In India, forestry management may double carbon sequestration while still providing net economic benefits.

The amount of carbon sequestration depends upon the type of forests.  There is a trade-off between bioenergy and carbon sequestration; some combination of the two might be the best way to mitigate CO2 emissions in the long run.  Southeast Asia has the highest deforestation rate of any major tropical region.  In China, government subsidies might be necessary in the short-term to prevent afforestation and reforestation measures from harming local populations.