A Carbon Sequestration Supply Function and Development of Feasible Clean Development Mechanism Rules for Tropical Forest Carbon Sinks

Columbia University Working Paper No. 9899-08

38 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2000

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Alexander Pfaff

Duke University - Policy, Economics, Environment; Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Date Written: June 1999

Abstract

Despite growing policy interest in using tropical forests as carbon sinks, relevant evidence is sparse. To provide such evidence, our project advances and integrates two disciplinary analyses, and applies them for a case study of Costa Rica. First, we estimate how much C sequestration will be generated in response to any given monetary reward for C sequestration. This estimate is based on our extension (including through excellent GIS databases) of the frontier of economic, observationally-based modeling of land use, integrated with our extension (including through systematic measurement of aboveground and soil C) of both process-based and empirically-based ecological models of C storage. This estimate provides the information for a C "baseline" that would be necessary for any C market. Second, we perform sensitivity analyses on whether simplified versions of our integrated model (which are easier to use within policy) can maintain sufficient accuracy.

JEL Classification: O13, Q23, R14

Suggested Citation

Pfaff, Alexander and Kerr, Suzi, A Carbon Sequestration Supply Function and Development of Feasible Clean Development Mechanism Rules for Tropical Forest Carbon Sinks (June 1999). Columbia University Working Paper No. 9899-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=190990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.190990

Alexander Pfaff (Contact Author)

Duke University - Policy, Economics, Environment ( email )

201 Science Drive
Box 90312
Durham, NC 27708-0239
United States

Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience ( email )

Durham, NC 27708
United States

Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand
+64 4 383 4250 (Phone)
+64 4 383 4270 (Fax)

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