Carbon emissions and sequestration potential of central African ecosystems

Citation
Q. Zhang et Co. Justice, Carbon emissions and sequestration potential of central African ecosystems, AMBIO, 30(6), 2001, pp. 351-355
Citations number
42
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Environment/Ecology,"Environmental Engineering & Energy
Journal title
AMBIO
ISSN journal
0044-7447 → ACNP
Volume
30
Issue
6
Year of publication
2001
Pages
351 - 355
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(200109)30:6<351:CEASPO>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
Joint Implementation under the Climate Change Convention and Clean Developm ent Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol require a scientific understanding of c urrent carbon stocks, fluxes, and sequestration potential, especially in tr opical ecosystems where there are large carbon reservoirs, significant carb on emissions, and large land areas available for reforestation. Central Afr ica contains 10% of the world's remaining tropical moist forests and has re ceived little attention in carbon studies. In 1980, aboveground carbon stoc ks in the central African ecosystem were 28.92 Pg and were reduced to 24.79 Pg by 1990. Improved forest management aimed at increasing biomass density could sequester 18.32 Pg of carbon, and over 500 000 km(2) formerly forest ed land will be available by 2050 for reforestation with a capacity to offs et 10 Pg carbon. Understanding the spatial distribution of biomass carbon a nd sequestration potential will be essential for carbon trading initiatives through Joint Implementation and Clean Development Mechanism.