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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2015, Article ID 518698, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/518698
Research Article

Stakeholders of Voluntary Forest Carbon Offset Projects in China: An Empirical Analysis

1School of Economics and Management, Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109, China
2School of Mathematics and Physics, China University of Geosciences, No. 388 Rumo Road, Wuhan 430074, China

Received 18 July 2014; Accepted 20 September 2014

Academic Editor: Qun’ou Jiang

Copyright © 2015 Derong Lin and Yingzhi Lin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Climate change is one of the defining challenges facing the planet. Voluntary forest carbon offset project which has the potential to boost forest carbon storage and mitigate global warming has aroused the global concern. The objective of this paper is to model the game situation and analyze the game behaviors of stakeholders of voluntary forest carbon offset projects in China. A stakeholder model and a Power-Benefit Matrix are constructed to analyze the roles, behaviors, and conflicts of stakeholders including farmers, planting entities, communities, government, and China Green Carbon Foundation. The empirical analysis results show that although the stakeholders have diverse interests and different goals, a win-win solution is still possible through their joint participation and compromise in the voluntary forest carbon offset project. A wide governance structure laying emphasis on benefit balance, equality, and information exchanges and being regulated by all stakeholders has been constructed. It facilitates the agreement among the stakeholders with conflicting or different interests. The joint participation of stakeholders in voluntary forest carbon offset projects might change the government-dominated afforestation/reforestation into a market, where all participators including government are encouraged to cooperate with each other to improve the condition of fund shortage and low efficiency.