Research AreasClimate Change
CountriesBangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines
TimelineStart Date: 30 September 2010 | End Date: 30 September 2012
This program will begin a global effort to fill a major data gap in REDD+, that of carbon storage, especially below-ground carbon, in peatlands, mangroves, and other wetlands. The USFS and CIFOR have begun this initiative on a small scale in Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh. This project will scale up those efforts to a multi-year, hopefully multi-donor, global initiative that will eventually inventory the carbon storage of all the major wetland ecosystems using a standardized approach. USFS and CIFOR will provide technical backstopping and leadership to create a multi-institutional network that carries out the surveys using common methodologies. After a survey of needs and gaps, the program will also support development of emissions factors for different types of human wetland management such as draining, flooding, deforestation, and conversion to agriculture; estimating C02, methane, and other gases. Field implementation will be done with local partners such as universities, NGOs and government research agencies to build local scientific expertise.
TagsClimate change, peatlands, Soil and Carbon Assessment
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