Challenges and opportunities for carbon sequestration in grassland systems

Integrated Crop Management Vol.9-2010


Challenges and opportunities
for carbon sequestration
in grassland systems

A technical report on
grassland management
and climate change mitigation

Full pdf - 1,737kb


    FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2010


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Table of contents

Part I   [539kb]

Executive summary

CHAPTER 1
Introduction

Part II   [270kb]

CHAPTER 2
Background
Grasslands cover broad areas, contribute substantially to livelihoods and are vulnerable
Grasslands are intensively used and degradation is widespread

CHAPTER 3
Opportunities
Carbon sequestration in grasslands
Reduced carbon emissions through reduced grassland degradation
Practices that sequester carbon in grasslands often enhance productivity
Practices that sequester carbon in grasslands can enhance adaptation to climate change
Potential income for practices that sequester carbon

Part III   [290kb]

CHAPTER 4
Challenges
Developing workable policies and incentives is difficult
Demonstrating additionality is a formidable challenge
Carbon sequestered in grassland systems is subject to reversals
Well-intentioned policies do not necessarily lead to good practices
Land tenure and governance issues complicate policy implementation
Systems for documenting carbon stock changes have not been agreed upon

CHAPTER 5
The way forward
Foundations for sound policies
Grassland carbon sequestration in context
Research priorities

Part IV   [805kb]

REFERENCES
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
POLICY BRIEF


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