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Record number 549663
Title Modelling carbon stock and carbon sequestration ecosystem services for policy design: a comprehensive approach using a dynamic vegetation model
Author(s) Quijas, Sandra; Boit, Alice; Thonicke, Kirsten; Murray-Tortarolo, Guillerma; Mwampamba, Tuyeni; Skutsch, Margaret; Simões, Margareth; Ascarrunz, Nataly; Pena Claros, M.; Jones, Laurence; Arets, E.J.M.M.; Jaramillo, Victor J.; Lazos, Elena; Toledo, Marisol; Martorano, Lucieta G.; Ferraz, Rodrigo; Balvanera, Patricia
Source Ecosystems and People 15 (2019)1. - ISSN 2639-5916 - p. 42 - 60.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/26395908.2018.1542413
Department(s) PE&RC
Forest Ecology and Forest Management
Vegetation, Forest and Landscape Ecology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Abstract Ecosystem service (ES) models can only inform policy design adequately if they incorporate ecological processes. We used the Lund-Potsdam-Jena managed Land (LPJmL) model, to address following questions for Mexico, Bolivia and Brazilian Amazon: (i) How different are C stocks and C sequestration quantifications under standard (when soil and litter C and heterotrophic respiration are not considered) and comprehensive (including all C stock and heterotrophic respiration) approach? and (ii) How does the valuation of C stock and C sequestration differ in national payments for ES and global C funds or markets when comparing both approach? We found that up to 65% of C stocks have not been taken into account by neglecting to include C stored in soil and litter, resulting in gross underpayments (up to 500 times lower). Since emissions from heterotrophic respiration of organic material offset a large proportion of C gained through growth of living matter, we found that markets and decision-makers are inadvertently overestimating up to 100 times C sequestrated. New approaches for modelling C services relevant ecological process-based can help accounting for C in soil, litter and heterotrophic respiration and become important for the operationalization of agreements on climate change mitigation following the COP21 in 2015.
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