Ezra Neale's scientific contributions

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Forest carbon emission mitigation schemes seek to protect tropical forest, combat effects of climate change, and offer potential cash and development opportunities. Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) projects based on a foundation of accurate carbon stock assessment provide such an opportunity for Papua New Guinea. The ob...

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... The large decrease in the area of primary forest, as reported in these official figures, is of key importance for the context of REDD+ in PNG because these areas will have held considerably higher carbon stocks than the regenerating forest areas that have replaced them. This is the case even for relatively old (>40 years) secondary forest which contain on average 60% of the above ground biomass (ABG) of comparable primary forest areas (see Table 6 of Arihafa et al. 2015 for this and other studies). These reported decreases in the extent of primary forest (and their replacement with regenerating forest) will have resulted in a substantial reduction in forest biomass (degradation) in PNG's forest over the last 25 years. ...