Title: A sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring and reporting anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removals associated with deforestation, gains and losses of carbon stocks in forests remaining forests, and forestation.
Authors: ACHARD FredericBROWN SandraBRADY MichaelDEFRIES RuthGRASSI GiacomoHEROLD MartinMOLLICONE DaniloMORA BricePANDEY DevendraSOUZA Carlos
Publisher: GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office, hosted by Wageningen University
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC76900
URI: http://www.gofcgold.wur.nl/redd/
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC76900
Type: Books
Abstract: This sourcebook provides a consensus perspective from the global community of earth observation and carbon experts on methodological issues relating to quantifying the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of implementing mitigation activities related to the forest land use in developing countries (REDD+). At current status of negotiation five forest-related activities have been listed to be implemented as mitigation actions by developing countries, namely: reducing emissions from deforestation (which implies a land-use change) and reducing emissions from forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forest land, Enhancement of forest carbon stocks (all relating to carbon stock changes and GHG emissions within managed forest land use, including forest expansion on non-forest land). The UNFCCC negotiations and related country submissions on REDD+ have advocated that methodologies and tools become available for estimating emissions and removals from deforestation and forest land management, including forest expansion, with an acceptable level of certainty. Based on the current status of negotiations and UNFCCC approved methodologies, the Sourcebook aims to provide additional explanation, clarification, and methodologies to support REDD+ early actions and readiness mechanisms for building national REDD+ monitoring systems. It complements the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and it is aimed at being fully consistent with this IPCC Guidelines and with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual GHG inventories. The book emphasizes the role of satellite remote sensing as an important tool for monitoring changes in forest cover, provides guidance on how to obtain credible estimates of forest carbon stocks and related changes, and provides clarification on the use of IPCC Guidelines for estimating and reporting GHG emissions and removals from forest lands.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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