How Could Carbon Credits for Reducing Deforestation Compete with Returns from Palm Oil: A Proposal for a More Flexible REDD Valuation Tool

Alexandra C. Morel (Lead / Corresponding author), Benoit F. Morel

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Abstract

In order for carbon credits awarded for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests (REDD) to be effective, they need to be competitive with alternative land uses. In the case of Southeast Asia, oil palm cultivation is one of the most lucrative possible land uses. Existing mechanisms for awarding certified emission reductions (CERs) might not be adequately flexible to changing commodity prices or to meet the needs of landowners who heavily discount future returns from their land. Real options could be a useful valuation tool for negotiating an annual contract that guarantees a minimum payment or "strike price" to the landowner depending on the potential returns from cultivation of their land. The real option based algorithm computes a competitive payment dependent on the relevant commodity prices contributing to land cover change. This article proposes a method whereby the risk is shared between the seller and buyer, providing a per hectare payment that favors the conservation of forests containing higher biomass per hectare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-28
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Sustainable Forestry
Volume31
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2012
EventInternational Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) Conference 2008: Biofuels and Avoided Deforestation–New Dynamics to the Tropical Forests - Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, United States
Duration: 28 Mar 200829 Mar 2008

Keywords

  • carbon credits
  • palm oil
  • peatland forest
  • real options
  • REDD
  • Southeast Asia
  • tropical deforestation

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