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Effects of changes in forestland ownership on deforestation and urbanization and the resulting effects on greenhouse gas emissions

Seong-Hoon Cho, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Tennessee, United States, scho9@utk.edu Heeho Kim, School of Economics & Trade, Kyungpook National University, United States, Roland K. Roberts, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Tennessee, United States, Taeyoung Kim, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Tennessee, United States, Daegoon Lee, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, United States,
 
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Seong-Hoon Cho, Heeho Kim, Roland K. Roberts, Taeyoung Kim and Daegoon Lee (2014), "Effects of changes in forestland ownership on deforestation and urbanization and the resulting effects on greenhouse gas emissions", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 20: No. 1, pp 93-109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2013.10.002

Published: 0/1/2014
© 0 2014 Seong-Hoon Cho, Heeho Kim, Roland K. Roberts, Taeyoung Kim, Daegoon Lee
 
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JEL Codes:Q15Q23Q24Q54
DeforestationForestland ownershipGreenhouse gas emissionsUrbanization
 

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Abstract

This study analyzes the extent to which greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may be affected by a plan to purchase private forestland for the expansion of carbon sinks, focusing on how changes in forestland ownership affect deforestation and urbanization and how subsequent changes in deforestation and urbanization affect GHG emissions, using South Korea as a case study. The results from ex ante simulations imply that carbon dioxide equivalent emissions could increase between 17.4 and 19.2 million tons with private forestland purchases from a constrained budget of $750 million, compared with an increase of 34.5 million tons without the purchasing plan.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2013.10.002