Forest Management as Carbon Sinks
Topic of the practice
Carbon Sinks: Forest management
Good Practice Information
CETEMAS (ES) has undertaken a number of forest management practices that maintain and increase forest areas, reduces natural disturbances in the forest and improve forest conditions. These practices ensure the appropriate and timely transfer of carbon into wood products leading to increasing overall carbon storage and thereby reduce carbon in the atmosphere. They have designed techniques to minimise the environmental impact of timber extraction on forest, and their implementation will bring benefits for the forest ecosystem. Damage to the surrounding forest and the forest ecosystem can be tremendously reduced by adopting reduced-impact logging practices such as using improved technologies to reduce damage to the soil caused by log extraction. These activities contribute to improved forest management and consequently can increase the carbon stocks in forests and wood products.
Through sustainable forestry management they have certified 17.600 hectares. Assistance is available to forestry owners through the local forestry associations for enhancing the overall environmental quality of their properties. Best forest management practices and forest buffer strips are potential tools that forestry owners can use to reach this goal. The biggest drawback to the new harvesting methods is the increased management expense, because more supervision, planning, and training are required and fewer trees can be removed, reducing output and income. This sacrifice has to be made to establish new forest management for long-term benefits. The question is whether it is in the economic interest of timber operators to adopt these methods without assistance from government agencies or specific market demand for "greener" products.
Evidence of success
All these activities contribute to improved forest management and consequently can increase the carbon stocks in forests and wood products. They also contribute to the achievement of a balance between forest production and environmental protection, through sustainable forestry management. The increase in demand for wood requires an understanding of forests and their products and ecosystem services. In recent years, much attention has been focused on enviromental impact on forests but carbon accounting for harvested wood products in national greenhouse gas inventories is a new option.
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Annex completed on: 03-27-2012