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Evaluation of river sand as a medium for raising cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) seedlings, Konlan, Sampson, and Opoku-Agyeman Michael Obour , American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Online, p.120, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Sustainable cocoa - a matter of taste?, Laven, Anna, and van der Kooij Susanne , Origin Chocolate Event, 10/2013, Royal Tropical Institute , (2013) , (Academic Publication)
Climate Change Awareness and Coping Strategies of Cocoa Farmers in Rural Ghana, Codjoe, Francis Nana Yaw, Ocansey Charles K., Boateng Dennis O., and Ofori Johnson , Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, 08/2013, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
Market study of fine flavour cocoa (revised version) , van der Kooij, Susanne , October/2013, Amsterdam, (2013) , (Academic Publication)

Potential synergies of the main current forestry efforts and climate change mitigation in Central Africa

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TitlePotential synergies of the main current forestry efforts and climate change mitigation in Central Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSonwa, Denis J., Walker Sarah, Nasi Robert, and Kanninen Markku
JournalSustainability Science
Volume6
Issue1
End Page59 - 67
Date Published2011
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsagroforestry, Cameroon, carbon storage, Equatorial Guinea, farmers & production, green production, payment for environmental services
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In Central Africa, important carbon stocks are stored in natural forest stands, while activities that modify the carbon storage occur in the forest landscape. Some early clean development mechanism (CDM) projects involving cocoa were established in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Besides CDMs, the reduction of emission through deforestation and degradation (REDD) initiative is viewed as one way to mitigate climate change. Important forest habitat protection activities have already been implemented with the aim of conserving the biodiversity of the region in a sustainable manner. The main causes of land use changes in the region are small holder subsistence practices and logging activities. Agricultural production has low productivity levels and therefore investments in improved agricultural techniques can both reduce pressure on existing forests and perhaps allow for the reforestation of existing degraded lands. The logging industry is dominated by large, industrial scale, logging operations performing selective logging of specific species and large trees. The adoption of improved forest management practices can reduce the impact of such logging on the ecological integrity and carbon stocks. Some efforts to engage in the carbon market have begun in the region. Further research is needed into the types of projects that will most likely become successful in the region and what locations will offer the greatest benefits.

URLhttp://www.cbfp.org/docs/research_docs/Central%20Africa%20Forestry%20Efforts%20%20Mitigation%20fulltext.pdf

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