Low-Carbon Technologies: Land Use and Forestry Australia and Oceania

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Australia has recently increased its amount of conservation land and decreased its multiple use (including timber) land.  Land use in Australia contributes relatively little to methane (CH4) emissions, though Australia does have aerobic soils that are significant methane sinks.  Land use, can, however, affect the release of methane from soil sinks; improved management may mitigate this issue.  Forest bioenergy has the potential for significant CO2 savings, but numerous impediments stand in the way, including availability of cheaper, though less eco-friendly, energy sources and lack of public acceptance.  Although certain areas of Australia are relatively inhospitable to forest growth, certain measures may be taken to make the land more hospitable which will on net help mitigate atmospheric CO2.