Low-Carbon Technologies: Land Use and Forestry North America

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Incentives might be necessary to promote CO2 mitigation-promoting behaviors.  Mitigating damages from logging is one suggested prescription.  With higher carbon prices and a long term timeline, afforestation and bioenergy strategies are recommended.  Land use and forestry might provide a way to mitigate CO2 emissions until energy emissions related technology develops sufficiently.

Generally, forest-based carbon sequestration is likely to be a cost-effective CO2 mitigation method within a set of CO2 mitigation strategies.  Mexico may reap significant benefits from forest management in offsetting emissions from its energy sector, with estimates ranging from 2.2 to 4.4 gigatons of cumulative carbon mitigation.  Afforestation opportunities in the United States can be found in unconventional locations, but may substantially contribute to carbon mitigation.  Afforestation may yield economic benefits in the United States.