Estimating Carbon Avoided from the Implementation of Reduced-Impact Logging in Sabah, Malaysia

M. V. Galante, M. A. Pinard, M. Mencuccini

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The objective of this study was to investigate the design and application of a carbon baseline for commercial timber harvest activities involving conventional timber harvest activities (CNV), relative to reduced-impact logging (RIL) in Sabah, Malaysia. As only RIL is eligible to be practiced in production forests, a baseline of CNV was estimated from the literature. The principle of net present value was applied to the post-harvest accumulation of carbon stocks after RIL to model a conservative 'crediting' baseline. Two areas representing opposite ends of a range of anthropogenic disturbance were sampled, with an old growth lower montane forest, and a lowland severely logged-over dipterocarp forest investigated before-, and two- and three-years after harvest, respectively. Areas impacted by CNV were estimated to contain 12-39% of pre-harvest carbon stock, relative to 57-63% under RIL and estimated to accumulate carbon in the range of 0.68-1.25 tC ha-1 yr1, averaging 14-55 years for recovery; in-line with body of knowledge. While the main limitation was our inability measure CNV directly, a balance of understanding is required for the development of a 'best estimate' using the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-78
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Forestry Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

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  • baseline
  • carbon
  • REDD-plus
  • reduced-impact logging
  • Sabah


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