Carbon payments as a safeguard for threatened tropical mammals

Venter, Oscar, Meijaard, Erik, Possingham, Hugh, Dennis, Rona, Sheil, Douglas, Wich, Serge, Hovani, Lex and Wilson, Kerrie (2009) Carbon payments as a safeguard for threatened tropical mammals. Conservation Letters, 2 3: 123-129. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00059.x

Author Venter, Oscar
Meijaard, Erik
Possingham, Hugh
Dennis, Rona
Sheil, Douglas
Wich, Serge
Hovani, Lex
Wilson, Kerrie
Title Carbon payments as a safeguard for threatened tropical mammals
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2009-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00059.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 123
End page 129
Total pages 7
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Formatted abstract
One reason for the rapid loss of species-rich tropical forests is the high opportunity costs of forest protection. In Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), the expansion of high-revenue oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) plantations currently threatens 3.3 million ha of forest. We estimate that payments for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) could offset the costs of stopping this deforestation at carbon prices of US$10–33 per tonne of CO2, or $2–16 per tonne if forest conservation targets only cost-efficient areas. Forty globally threatened mammals are found within these planned plantations, including the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Borneo pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis). Cost-efficient areas for emissions reductions also contain higher-than-average numbers of threatened mammals, indicating that there may be synergies between mitigating climate change and conserving biodiversity. While many policy and implementation issues need clarification, our economic assessment suggests that REDD could offer a financially realistic lifeline for Kalimantan's threatened mammals if it is included in future climate agreements.
Keyword Carbon
Elaeis guineensis
Oil palm
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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