Conservation and sequestration of carbon: The potential of forest and agroforest management practices

Dixon, R.K. et al. | Global Environmental Change | 1993 | Peer Reviewed | Meta-analysis |


Forests play a major role In Earth’s carbon cycle through assimilation, storage, and emission of CO2. Establishment and management of boreal, temperate, and tropical forest and agroforest systems could potentially enhance sequestration of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere. A biological and economic analysis of forest establishment and management options from 94 nations revealed that forestation, agroforestry, and silviculture could be employed to conserve and sequester one Petagram (Pg) of carbon annually over a 50-year period. The marginal cost of implementing these options to sequester 55 Pg of carbon would be approximately $10/Mg.