Using REDD+ to balance timber production with conservation objectives in a mangrove forest in Malaysia

Abdul Aziz, Ammar, Dargusch, Paul, Phinn, Stuart and Ward, Adrian (2015) Using REDD+ to balance timber production with conservation objectives in a mangrove forest in Malaysia. Ecological Economics, 120 108-116. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.10.014


Author Abdul Aziz, Ammar
Dargusch, Paul
Phinn, Stuart
Ward, Adrian
Title Using REDD+ to balance timber production with conservation objectives in a mangrove forest in Malaysia
Journal name Ecological Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8009
1873-6106
Publication date 2015-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.10.014
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 120
Start page 108
End page 116
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In this paper we evaluate if REDD + initiatives might be financially viable to be used to achieve a more sustainable balance between timber production and ecosystem health in a mangrove forest area in Malaysia. The focus of our study is on a 40,466 ha mangrove forest in Malaysia known as the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve. The Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve has been used for charcoal and pole production for over 100 years and is often described as a good example of a sustainably managed multi-use mangrove forest. However, recent research shows that the health of various components of the ecosystem is in decline (notably some bird species and the blood cockle fishery). We use opportunity cost analysis to determine that the minimum compensation required to offset the production revenue currently derived from timber production in the forest is less than US$0.83 tCO2e. At these relatively low costs we demonstrate that REDD + is financially viable to be strategically used to support the conservation of some parts of the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve which could result in better sustainable outcomes for the forest area and its stakeholders as a whole.
Keyword Carbon sink
Discount rates
Ecosystem services degradation
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve
Opportunity costs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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