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Always higher - Estimating forest carbon stock [English]

 

Understanding forest carbon stocks

Forest ecosystems could play a role in the fight against global climate change since emissions from the forest sector account for anywhere between 9% -20% of global emissions. Forests fix and store carbon mostly in tree biomass and soil. This dual function of forests is now considered as an acceptable mitigation strategies by the Framework Convention on Climate Change under the term “REDD+” (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) since, when forests are cut, much of the carbon stored in trees is released back into the atmosphere.

In order to ensure that the climate benefit stemming from REDD+ activities are real, it is important to develop transparent systems to monitor, report and verify (MRV) carbon forests’ stocks and carbon stocks changes. REDD+ initiatives could potentially generate important co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation, protection of ecosystem services, improved rural livelihoods, poverty alleviation, protection of human rights, better forest governance, etc. These co-benefits also should be monitored. My research group is actively engaged in different aspects of carbon and co-benefits monitoring and interested in an ample variety of techniques to do so, from ground truthing to remote sensing.

 
   


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Last update: July 2, 2014