divendres, 7 / setembre / 2012
Tasmania's wilderness could be worth nearly $3 billion in carbon cash, a landmark study has found.
A report commissioned by the state's Labor-Green government, the most comprehensive conducted in Australia, has found the island's forests store 4.4 billion tonnes of carbon.
That could be worth $280 million in current voluntary carbon markets but up to 10 times that amount if Australia commits to the Kyoto Protocol's article 3.4 on forest management.
"What this report tells us is that our forests are definitely worth more standing," Tasmania's Climate Change Minister Cassy O'Connor told reporters.
Business as usual in the forest industry has working families really suffering.
"Here we have a potential future in carbon sequestration and monetising that carbon that can help set us up economic for the future."
Ms O'Connor said the international carbon market, despite major fluctuations, had grown from $11 billion in 2005 to $176 billion in 2011.
"As the world warms - we're now currently heading towards six degrees of warming - carbon that's sequestered in the landscape will continue to grow in value," she said.
Source: The Australian
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