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Landscape implications of managing forests for carbon sequestration

Abstract : We explore the implications of managing forests for the dual purpose of sequestering carbon and producingtimber, using a model of the forest sector that includes a Hartman-based representation of forest owners’behaviour as well as heterogeneity in environmental conditions. We focus on France, where recent policies aimat increasing the carbon sink and where the diversity of forests makes an analysis of spatial dynamics relevant,and we use recent estimates of the shadow price ofcarbon consistent with the country’s climate commitments.Results suggest that forests may sequester up to 550 MtCO2eq by 2100, driven by changes in harvest levelsand species choice, whilst rotation lengths increase overall. A spatial analysis reveals a high spatial variability forthese trends, highlighting the importance of considering the local context. Changes in investment patterns affectthe spatial distribution of forest cover types: by the end of the century, a majority of regions comprise a largershare of older, multiple-species and mixed-structure forests. Whilst such an evolution may present benefits interms of biodiversity, ecosystem services provision and resilience, it raises questions regarding the adequacy ofsuch developments with current forest policy, which also aims at increasing harvest levels. An overall mitigationstrategy for the forest sector would likely include incentives to energy and material substitution in downstreamindustries, which we did not consider and may interact with sequestration incentives.
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Miguel Riviere, Sylvain Caurla. Landscape implications of managing forests for carbon sequestration. Forestry, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2020, ⟨10.1093/forestry/cpaa015⟩. ⟨hal-02880599⟩

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