The economics of tree-planting for carbon mitigation: A global assessment

Pablo C. Benítez, Ian McCallum, Michael Obersteiner, Yoshiki Yamagata

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This article provides a framework for identifying least-cost sites for carbon sequestration through tree-planting and deriving carbon cost curves at a global level in a scenario of limited information. Special attention is given to country risk considerations and the sensitivity to spatial datasets. Our model results, illustrated by grid-scale maps, show that most least-cost carbon uptake projects are located in Africa, South America and Asia. By comparing emissions reductions through tree-planting with the emission abatement scenarios of integrated assessment models (RICE-99) for a 100-yr time span, we find that global carbon uptake of planted forests could represent between 5% to 25% of the emissions reduction targets of relevant climate change mitigation scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional Externalities
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783540354833
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon Cost Curves
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Country Risk Considerations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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