Date of Award
Dual Degree Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (MBA/ESP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Forest Carbon offsets are being used as a climate change mitigation strategy in multiple programs around the world. But, are programs setup in a way that are ecologically sustainable? This paper reviews concepts pertinent to ecologically sustainable forest management and then examines if Improved Forest Management Carbon offset policies and projects within the California emissions trading scheme are setup in an ecologically sustainable manner. After a review of the Improved Forest Management Protocol and 31 project documents, it is apparent that policies and projects promote aspects of ecologically sustainable management. However, there is room for improvement when managing for natural disturbance regimes and promoting connectivity of landscape. This review can be used to assist in the development of ecologically sustainable forest Carbon offset programs in the future.
Hertog, Cory, "Ecological Sustainability within California's Improved Forest Management Carbon Offsets Program" (2018). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 195.