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Preparing emission reporting from forests : use of National Forest Inventories in European countries

Cienciala, Emil and Tomppo, Erkki and Snorrason, Arnor and Broadmeadow, Mark and Colin, Antoine and Dunger, Karsten and Exnerova, Zuzana and Lasserre, Bruno and Petersson, Hans and Priwitzer, Tibor and Sanchez Peña, Gerardo and Ståhl, Göran (2008). Preparing emission reporting from forests : use of National Forest Inventories in European countries. Silva Fennica. 42:1, 73-88
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Abstract

We examine the current status of greenhouse gas inventories of the sector Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), in European countries, with specific focus on the utilization of National Forest Inventory (NFI) programs. LULUCF inventory is an integral part of the reporting obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. The analysis is based on two questionnaires prepared by the COST Action E43 “Harmonisation of National Forest Inventories in Europe”, which were answered by greenhouse gas reporting experts in European countries. The following major conclusions can be drawn from the analysis: 1) definitions used to obtain carbon pool change estimates vary widely among countries and are not directly comparable 2) NFIs play a key role for LULUCF greenhouse gas estimation and reporting under UNFCCC, and provide the fundamental data needed for the estimation of carbon stock changes covering not only living biomass, but increasingly also deadwood, litter and soil compartments. The study highlights the effects of adopting different definitions for two major reporting processes, namely UNFCCC and FAO, and exemplifies the effect of different tree diameter thresholds on carbon stock change estimates for Finland. The results demonstrate that more effort is needed to harmonize forest inventory estimates for the purpose of making the estimates of forest carbon pool changes comparable. This effort should lead to a better utilization of the data from the European NFI programs and improve the European greenhouse gas reporting.

Authors/Creators:Cienciala, Emil and Tomppo, Erkki and Snorrason, Arnor and Broadmeadow, Mark and Colin, Antoine and Dunger, Karsten and Exnerova, Zuzana and Lasserre, Bruno and Petersson, Hans and Priwitzer, Tibor and Sanchez Peña, Gerardo and Ståhl, Göran
Title:Preparing emission reporting from forests : use of National Forest Inventories in European countries
Series/Journal:Silva Fennica (0037-5330)
Year of publishing :2008
Volume:42
Number:1
Page range:73-88
Publisher:The Finnish Society of Forest Science
ISSN:0037-5330
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Landscape planning > Nature conservation and landscape management
Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Plant production > Forestry
Keywords:forest carbon pools, greenhouse gas inventory, Kyoto Protocol, UNFCCC
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-2-480
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-2-480
ID Code:5436
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Skogsbiblioteket Umeå
Deposited On:30 Sep 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:12 Sep 2017 07:14

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