Title: Reporting of Biomass Burning under the LULUCF sector. Comparative assessment of data reported under the UNFCCC and EFFIS.
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC95415
ISBN: 978-92-79-47218-3 (print)
978-92-79-47219-0 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 27170
OP LB-NA-27170-EN-C (print)
OP LB-NA-27170-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC95415
DOI: 10.2788/954410
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The land use, Land use Change and forestry (LULUCF) sector is one of the six sector included in the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories that Annex I Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol (KP) must submit annually. The sector covers anthropogenic emissions of GHGs and their removals by terrestrial carbon pool: living biomass, dead organic matter and soil organic carbon, disaggregated into six main land use categories: Forest land, Cropland, Grassland, Wetlands, Settlements and Other land. Moreover, additional sources of emissions - as those resulting from Biomass burning have also to be reported. The GHG inventories prepared by the Parties should use comparable methodologies provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the information provided should be Transparent, Accurate, Comparable, Consistency and Complete. In addition, the IPCC Guidelines considers, as integral parts of the GHG inventory process, the implementation of quality control / quality assurance (QA/QC) and verification procedures that are intended to establish the reliability of the information contained in the inventory. This reports contains a comparative assessment of Biomass burning data reported to the UNFCCC by 5 selected Member States with the information contained in the European Forest Fires Information System (EFFIS). The aim is to verify data reported to UNFCCC and to test the utility and feasibility of the use of EFFIS as a tool for the verification of EU MS GHG inventories. Noticeable differences among the data reported in the data sets were found and they would need to be explained. But, in overall, the findings raised in this report suggest that EFFIS data has a good potential as a tool for developing verification procedures of the Biomass burning data and even, it may be used to support the estimates of burned areas in the case that this information is not available at country level.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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