Savanna burning methodology for fire management and emissions reduction: a critical review of influencing factors

Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Reardon‑Smith, Kathryn and Griffiths, Greg and Apan, Armando (2016) Savanna burning methodology for fire management and emissions reduction: a critical review of influencing factors. Carbon Balance and Management, 11 (25). pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Savanna fire is a major source of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In Australia, savanna fire contributes about 3% of annual GHG emissions reportable to the Kyoto Protocol. In order to reduce GHG emissions from savanna burning, the Australian government has developed and approved a Kyoto compliant savanna controlled burning methodology—the first legal instrument of this kind at a global level—under its Emission Reduction Fund. However, this approved methodology is currently only applicable to nine vegetation fuel types across northern parts of Australia in areas which receive on average over 600 mm rainfall annually, covering only 15.4% of the total land area in Australia.Savanna ecosystems extend across a large proportion of mainland Australia. This paper provides a critical review often key factors that need to be considered in developing a savanna burning methodology applicable to the other parts of Australia. It will also inform discussion in other countries intent on developing similar emissions reduction strategies.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 06:11
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 02:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kyoto Protocol; emissions reduction funds; carbon accounting; savanna burning
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070503 Forestry Fire Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1186/s13021-016-0067-4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30028

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