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An overview of Italian participation in afforestation and reforestation projects under the Clean Development Mechanism

Giulia Corradini (1), Lucio Brotto (1), Lorenzo Ciccarese (2), Davide Pettenella (1)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 9, Issue 5, Pages 720-728 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1654-009
Published: May 17, 2016 - Copyright © 2016 SISEF

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In order to meet its Kyoto Protocol commitment targets, the Italian Government has made relevant investments in forest projects in developing countries through the Clean Development Mechanism. This paper investigates the Italian participated afforestation/reforestation (A/R) projects under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, by considering the countries hosting forestry projects, the project areas, the estimated emission reductions, the use of tree species (native/non-native), the issuance of Carbon credits, and the projects’ contribution to sustainable development and technology transfer in general, as stated by the “Project Design Document” of each project. This study utilizes the “Project Design Documents” and “Monitoring Reports” of the registered projects in the United Nations Convention on Climate Change database and data from the BioCarbon Fund database. Results show that, in terms of number of projects, the A/R sector is a prominent component of the Italian CDM portfolio. The financing of the 16 projects by the Italian government, with a total of about 65 k ha planted and an estimated emission reductions of about 556 k tCO2 eq per year, are based on criteria that differ substantially from the ongoing policy adopted for domestic forest interventions.

  Keywords


CDM, Afforestation, Reforestation, Italy, Forest Policy, Impact Analysis

Authors’ address

(1)
Giulia Corradini
Lucio Brotto
Davide Pettenella
Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro-Forestali, Università di Padova, v. Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, PD (Italy)
(2)
Lorenzo Ciccarese
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, v. Vitaliano Brancati 48, 00144 Roma (Italy)

Corresponding author

 
Davide Pettenella
davide.pettenella@unipd.it

Citation

Corradini G, Brotto L, Ciccarese L, Pettenella D (2016). An overview of Italian participation in afforestation and reforestation projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. iForest 9: 720-728. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1654-009

Academic Editor

Silvano Fares

Paper history

Received: Mar 26, 2015
Accepted: Jan 11, 2016

First online: May 17, 2016
Publication Date: Oct 13, 2016
Publication Time: 4.23 months

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