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Climate Change Mitigation through Reduced-Impact Logging and the Hierarchy of Production Forest Management

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The proposed hierarchy of production forest management provides a modus operandi for forest concessions to move incrementally towards sustainable forest management via reduced-impact logging (RIL) and forest certification. RIL carbon registration components consist of developing a credible baseline, additionality and leakage arguments around the business-as-usual scenario by quantifying historical forest inventory and production records, forest infrastructure records and damage to the residual forest. Concessions in Sabah Malaysia demonstrate the financial viability of long-term RIL and certification planning.