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Research article2019Peer reviewed

Rescuing forests from the carbon trap

Ojha, Hemant; Maraseni, Tek; Nightingale, Andrea; Bhattarai, Basundhara; Khatri, Dil


As climate policies incentivise forest carbon enhancement, forest ecosystems have been reduced to carbon forestry. As a result, the potential of forests for both the natural world and human beings is being severely compromised. Co-benefits to ecosystems and communities have often been presented as a solution but without much effect. In this paper, we highlight how the current discourse on forest and climate change has become carbon centric, masking the overall resilience building potential of forest ecosystems. We also explore potential ways forward.

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Forest Policy and Economics
2019, Volume: 101, pages: 15-18

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      Sustainable Development Goals

      Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
      Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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      Forest Science

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