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Carbon Off Set and Carbon Sequestration
File Soil Carbon and Land Use Change in the Tropics: an Updated Meta-Analysis by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
ABSTRACT: Soil carbon stocks are a vital component of ecosystem services, particularly in the tropics. Recent attention has focused effects of land-use change in the tropics on soil carbon stocks to better understand how human activities have influenced the release of carbon from soils. We conducted an updated meta-analysis of data from 144 studies that measured soil carbon under different land uses across the tropics. Mean soil carbon stocks vary between dry (55 MgC/ha, <1000 mm MAP), moist (67 MgC/ha, 1000-2500 mm MAP), and wet (85 MgC/ha, >2500 mm MAP) climates with wet climates having the highest mean stocks for each land use. Overall, grasslands (604 MgC/ha) and cultivated sites (594 MgC/ha) have statistically significant lower soil carbon stocks than pastures (684 MgC/ha), which do not differ significantly from unconverted forests (803 MgC/ha) and secondary forests (842 MgC/ha). Using a regression tree analysis, we show that soil type and climate are the most influential factors in determining the fate of soil carbon during conversion from one land use to another. Hence, understanding a site’s environment is crucial for predicting the loss or gain of soil carbon. Our soil carbon meta-analysis revealed a number of challenges for comparing soil carbon stocks across studies. These include comparing soil carbon concentrations when differences in bulk density are unknown, variation in sampling depths and replication, and incomplete knowledge of site land use history. Addressing these challenges will enhance our understanding of rates of soil carbon sequestration and factors contributing to the fate of soil carbon.
File Payments for Ecosystem Services by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:52 AM
Brochure on Payments for Ecosystem Services programs and resources available through Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group.
File Presentation - Potential for an Agriculture Carbon Facility for Africa by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:02 AM
File MAKIRA FOREST CONSERVATION-BASED CARBON-OFFSET PROJECT BIOMASS PART-II METHODOLOGICAL GUIDELINES FOR ESTIMATING AND MONITORING CARBON STORAGE by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:48 PM
EPIQ IQC, PCE-I-00-96-00002-00, Task Order No.839 Prepared by: Pierre O. Berner, PAGE-Consultants Projet d’Appui à la Gestion de l’Environnement International Resources Group, Ltd. 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036 USA Prepared for: USAID/Madagascar November 14 & 15, 2001 Region: Africa/Centrally Funded Activities. Task Order: Madagascar Enabling Conditions for Sustainable Policies. Technical Area: Biodiversity Conservation
File Presentation - Payments for Environmental Services: A Bird’s Eye View by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:50 PM
Presentation by Katherine Hamilton, Ecosystem Marketplace, given at the Southeast Asia Katoomba Meeting - Katoomba XVII Taking the Lead: Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia, June 23-24, 2010 held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Presentation provides an overview of payments for environmental services, describing the categories of service markets, range of payment mechanisms and carbon markets.
File Presentation - Modeling Ecosystem Services with ARIES by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:46 AM
Presentation given by Jon Erickson and Brian Voigt, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont on September 15, 2011, as part of the Modeling and Managing Watersheds Workshop, September 13-16, 2011 held in Kigali, Rwanda. Presentation discusses how ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) works as a tool for modeling ecosystem services - includes Great Ruaha River Basin, Tanzania case study.
File Surui Carbon Fund-Brazil (English and Portuguese) by Anna Woltman — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:50 PM
New mechanisms of assigning economic value to natural resources, with the objective of keeping the forest standing in order to produce environmental services, have spurred the development of the Surui Carbon Project. First conceived by the Metareilá Indigenous Association of the Surui people, with the support of environmental and indigenous institutions, the project will finance monitoring and protection activities, sustainable production and improvement of local human resources, contributing to environmental conservation and cultural strengthening.
File Climate Change, Property Rights, & Resource Governance: Emerging Implications for USG Policies and Programming by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 30, 2014 08:54 PM
USAID Property Rights and Resource Governance Briefing Paper #2, January 2010. The Second Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2007) and other scientific bodies present the case that climate change profoundly shapes ecological, social, and economic interactions. Featured in News: USAID RM Portal Featured Stories on May 17, 2010.
File Legal Frameworks for REDD - Design and Implementation at the National Level (IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 77) by LiLing Choo — last modified Feb 20, 2013 01:35 AM
Supplementary material for Forest Trend's Payments for Ecosystem Services Training Modules and Resources. Paper written by John Costenbader (Ed.), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This paper provides a detailed overview of regulatory design and implementation options specifically for a non-lawyer audience. This paper is based on the findings from four case studies (Brazil, Cameroon, Guyana and Papua New Guinea), each representing varying geographies, forest cover and deforestation rates and stages of REDD preparation. The study questions whether legal clarity is an essential component for successful national REDD programs.
File Markets and Payments for Ecosystem Services by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:32 AM
Presentation given at the TransLinks value chain workshop entitled: “Value Chain Cases in the Context of Conservation Marketing and Certification” June 25-27, 2009 Arusha, Tanzania
File GEF Land Degradation Linkage Study by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
The purpose of this report is to identify the results and initial impact of the land degradation component of those linkage projects which link biodiversity, international waters and climate change with land degradation. The lessons learned from this review lead to a set of recommendations on how land degradation issues should be addressed in focal area reviews and in subsequent GEF activities.
File Session_11.pdf by Joseph Badash — last modified Apr 20, 2015 12:47 PM
File Ethiopia USFS Trip Report: Rangeland Management Planning Mission in Support of USAID PLI II; May 2011 by Jason Ko — last modified Aug 20, 2013 04:25 PM
The primary objective of this mission was to facilitate the development of a pilot rangeland management plan (RMP) that can be used as a template for other regions across the Oromiya and Somali regions in southern Ethiopia. This RMP would be community based, facilitating input and support from pastoralist’s, tribal clan’s, local resource managers, and local governments.
File Ethiopia USFS Trip Report: Biomass and Soil Carbon Estimation; Nov 2011 by Jason Ko — last modified Aug 20, 2013 05:00 PM
The primary objective of this mission was to conduct on the job training for a field crew and to collect baseline data on the effects of rangeland management on ecosystem carbon. As part of the rangeland management plan being developed under PLI-II it has been suggested that proper management could improve carbon sequestration in pastoral rangelands and may provide an opportunity for value added products and services.
File Presentation - The Frontier of Payment for Ecosystem Services: Protecting and Maintaining Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:50 PM
Presentation by Winnie Lau, Forest Trends, given at the Southeast Asia Katoomba meeting - Katoomba XVII Taking the Lead: Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia, June 23-24, 2010, held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Presentation outlines the frontier of payments for ecosystem services, protecting and maintaining marine and coastal ecosystem services.
File November 2010 Biodiversity and Forestry Seminar presentation by Michael Colby — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:28 AM
In this seminar, Tundi Agardy and Winnie Lau presented a new compendium of information on marine markets and will discuss the findings of the La Paz Katoomba Meeting. Agardy and Lau will also present progress being made in demonstration projects under the MARES Program. Marine and coastal ecosystem services are critically important for humanity everywhere, yet resources to protect these services are generally lacking. Innovative financing, including the development of coastal Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes, marine biodiversity offsets, and conservation banking, can generate much needed funds to better manage coastal and marine systems, and facilitate engagement of local communities in their management.
File USDA Forest Service Mission to the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo In Support for the Development of Community Fire Management and Restoration in the Congo Basin; November 2009 by Timothy Foley — last modified Aug 18, 2013 07:00 PM
The USDA Forest Service (USFS), through the Office of International Programs, is an implementing partner in the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), providing targeted technical and capacity building assistance aimed at improving forest management in the Congo Basin.
File Presentation - Marine ecosystem services: management, metrics, markets? by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM
Presentation by Mary Ruckelshaus, NOAA & Natural Capital Project, given at the Marine Katoomba Meeting - Katoomba XVI: Building a Blueprint to Harness New Investment for the Protection of Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services, February 9-10, 2010, held at the Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, CA. Presentation reviews using ecosystem services to inform natural resource decisions in the ocean through decision and governance context, measuring changes in ecosystem services and the implication for market development.
File Presentation - How payments for carbon sequestration create new forests of high biodiversity and social welfare in Vietnam: A successful project example of Forest Finance Group and a State Forest Company in the province of KonTum (audio) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM
Presentation by Dirk Walterspacher, Forest Finance Group, given at the Southeast Asia Katoomba Meeting - Katoomba XVII Taking the Lead: Payments of Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia, June 23-24, 2010 held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Presentation explains how payments for carbon sequestration create new forests of high biodiversity and social welfare in Vietnam through a successful project example of ForestFinance Group and a State Forest Company in the province of Kon Tum.
File The Ecomonic Case for Landscape Restoration in Latin America by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:42 PM
Land use and land-use change are central to the economic and social fabric of Latin America and the Caribbean, and essential to the region’s prospects for sustainable development. Countries are realizing that now, more than ever, is the time for action. Eleven countries, three Brazilian states and several regional programs have already committed to restoring more than 27 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America—but can these ambitions become a reality while supporting good living standards and economic development?
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