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Australian carbon biosequestration and bioenergy policy co-evolution: mechanisms, mitigation and convergence

McHenry, M.P. (2012) Australian carbon biosequestration and bioenergy policy co-evolution: mechanisms, mitigation and convergence. Australian Forestry, 75 (2). pp. 82-94.

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The intricacies of international land-use change and forestry policy reflect the temporal, technical and political difficulty of integrating biological systems and climate change mitigation. The plethora of co-existing policies with varied technical rules, accreditation requirements, accounting methods, market registries, etc., disguise the unequal efficacies of each mechanism. This work explores the co-evolution and convergence of Australian voluntary and mandatory climate-related policies at the biosequestration-bioenergy interface. Currently, there are temporal differences between the fast-evolving and precise climate-change mechanisms, and the long-term 'permanence' sought from land use changes encouraged by biosequestration instruments. Policy convergence that favours the most efficient, appropriate and scientifically substantiated policy mechanisms is required. These policies must recognise the fundamental biological foundation of biosequestration, bioenergy, biomaterial industrial development and other areas such as food security and environmental concerns. Policy mechanisms that provide administrative simplicity, project longevity and market certainty are necessary for rural and regional Australians to cost-effectively harness the considerable climate change mitigation potential of biological systems.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Institute of Foresters of Australia Inc.
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