Getting more ‘carbon bang’ for your ‘buck’ in Acre State, Brazil

Charles Palmer*, Luca Taschini, Timothy Laing

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Acre State in Brazil is at the forefront of efforts to institutionalize jurisdictional-scale policies that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD +). Given limited REDD + funds and uncertain returns from alternative land uses, this paper estimates the minimum incentive payment Acre's government would have to pay forest landowners in each of its 22 municipalities to ensure forest conservation. Despite lower profits but with lower conversion costs and more stable returns over time relative to corn and coffee production, cattle pasture generates the highest returns in 19 municipalities. Municipalities are ranked according to their relative policy costs, a ranking which is compared to the distribution of forest carbon stocks across Acre. Finally, the relative cost per tonne of carbon is derived, which enables the identification of a group of 13 municipalities with the greatest potential for ‘carbon bang’ for a given ‘buck’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-227
Number of pages14
JournalEcological Economics
Early online date3 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • acre
  • cost-effectiveness
  • forest conservation
  • option value
  • payments for environmental services
  • reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD +)
  • uncertainty


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