The Potential of Brazil's Forest Sector for Mitigating Global Warming under the Kyoto Protocol

  • Philip M. Fearnside


Activities in Brazil's forest sector have substantial potential for mitigating global warming as well as additional environmental and other benefits. Silvicultural plantations of different types, reduced impact logging, and deforestation avoidance all have potential mitigation roles. The magnitude of the annual emission from recent rates of deforestation in Amazonia presents an opportunity for carbon (C) benefits through reducing current rates of deforestation. Measures related to Amazonian deforestation have greater potential carbon benefits than do options such as plantation silviculture, but much depends on how benefits are calculated. Procedures are needed for assessing the environmental and social impacts of Clean DevelopmentMechanism (CDM) projects.

Amazonia Brazil CDM clean development mechanism deforestation emissions trading global warming Kyoto protocol 


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  • Philip M. Fearnside
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  1. 1.Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia – INPA (National Institute for Research in the Amazon – INPA)Manaus-AmazonasBrazil

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