Could REDD+ mechanisms induce logging companies to reduce forest degradation in Central Africa?

Rossi Vivien, Claeys Florian, Bastin Didier, Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie, Guizol Philippe, Eba'a Atyi Richard, Sonwa Denis Jean, Lescuyer Guillaume, Picard Nicolas. 2017. Could REDD+ mechanisms induce logging companies to reduce forest degradation in Central Africa?. Journal of Forest Economics, 29 (Part B.) : pp. 107-117.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ECONOMICS / Quartile : Q2, Sujet : FORESTRY

Abstract : In the Congo Basin where nearly 20 million ha of concessions are exploited according to management plans, improved forest management (IFM) has become a strategy of prime importance when setting up the REDD+ mechanism. For logging companies, REDD+ projects provide the opportunity to compensate a voluntary reduction of the logging intensity by valuing the associated carbon gain. We explored, from the perspective of a logging company, a range of scenarios for reducing logging intensity so as to assess the possibilities for emissions reductions and to evaluate the financial feasibility of such projects. On the basis of Monte Carlo simulations for a typical export-oriented forest concession, we calculated intervals of break-even prices of permanent carbon credits. We show that logging intensity reduction is an attractive option when there is a complete cessation of logging, and for little exploited and low-profit forests. The most feasible IFM projects would be those that require a major reduction of logging intensity. Our work suggests that—instead of improving forest logging techniques—IFM projects based on a voluntary reduction of logging intensity would rather lead the exclusive choice of carbon or timber valuation. Carbon market prices are too low to be an incentive to change logging practices toward more climate-smart forest management, and a change of paradigm to change actors' behaviors would be needed. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Aménagement forestier, Abattage d'arbres, protection de la forêt, Modèle de simulation, Méthode statistique, forêt tropicale, Forêt, services écosystémiques, Route forestière, Impact sur l'environnement, Déboisement, Espèce en danger, séquestration du carbone

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique centrale, Congo

Mots-clés complémentaires : Concession, Exploitation forestière

Mots-clés libres : REDD+, Improved forest management, Tropical forests, Logging, Concession, Congo Basin

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Rossi Vivien, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (CMR) ORCID: 0000-0001-5458-1523
  • Claeys Florian, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Bastin Didier, Société Alpicam (CMR)
  • Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1136-4307
  • Guizol Philippe, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (CMR)
  • Eba'a Atyi Richard, CIFOR (CMR)
  • Sonwa Denis Jean, CIFOR (CMR)
  • Lescuyer Guillaume, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (IDN) ORCID: 0000-0003-0952-8656
  • Picard Nicolas, Commission des ministres en charge des forêts d'Afrique Centrale (CMR)

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