Department of Forestry, Faculty of Horticulture, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya,
Pundibari, West Bengal, India
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Carbon is the major factor to affect climate change. Thus management of carbon for future well being of the society is today a global concern. Carbon storage is an additional output that landowners might consider in their management decisions especially now when carbon payments are introduced. But beyond this management carbon balance and budgeting is essential to know the present status of carbon and also future trends so that we can manage increasing amount of carbon in atmosphere. The REDD is a concept to provide financial incentives to help developing countries voluntarily reduce national deforestation rates and associated C emissions below a base line. C trading is now expanding as the World Bank and other institutions have established corpus funds to strengthen the CDM projects. CDM is an incentive for both the developed and developing nations in terms of low-cost emission credits and new additional investment for sustainable development, respectively. C-sequestration activity through land use management is now recognized under the Kyoto Protocol as GHG-mitigating strategy. Countries those can demonstrate emissions reductions, can be able to sell those C-credits on the international C market or elsewhere. However, there is a need to identify feasible approaches to assess national level C emissions from management of land use through efficient and feasible accounting and valuation programs/projects. Economic feasibility of C sequestration contracts and valuation of environmental improvement thus needs to be assessed. The major aim of this special issue is to provide a platform for scientists, researcher, policy maker and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in the area of biotic carbon balance, budgeting and accounting. We invite front-line scientists, researchers, policy makers and authors to submit original research and review articles on this latest aspect of environmental valuation and prospecting. In this special issue, potential topics can include but are not limited to:
1. Carbon balance of forest ecosystem 2. The role of forests in carbon sequestration and storage 3. Soil Carbon storage 4. Forests and the global carbon balance 5. Above and below ground carbon sequestration and management 6. Carbon inventory, valuation and accounting 7. Success stories, case studies