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Carbon Impacts from Selective Logging of Forests in Berau District, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Issue date: 
April 1, 2011
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Sandra Brown, Felipe Casarim, Sean Grimland and Tim Pearson
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Few studies have attempted to address the carbon emissions resulting from the degradation of tropical forests. Selective forest logging represents an important form of degradation of tropical forests, and may lead to future deforestation of the area by providing accessibility to these areas. This study focus on quantifying the carbon impacts from selective logging operations in four different forest concessions in the Berau district in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The net impact of selective logging on the forest carbon stocks was estimated by:

  • Measuring, on a gap-by-gap basis, the extracted biomass and carbon in the timber tree and the incidental carbon damage to surrounding trees;
  • Estimating the carbon impact caused by the logging operations such as road and skidding trail construction, and land clearing for log decks; and
  • Creating factors between total biomass damaged (extracted and collateral) per gap and the volume and carbon in the timber extracted.

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