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Systematic review of methods to measure and assess terrestrial carbon

A team of world experts is working on a scientifically-based review of methods for measuring and assessing terrestrial carbon, for countries embarking on REDD

Within the UN-REDD Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is developing a collaborative project which will systematically analyze literature on methods to measure and assess terrestrial carbon stocks using an evidence-based process of the type widely used in medicine for scientifically-grounded decision-making. The draft Protocol is currently under peer-review. The full review will begin in October 2009.

The project will introduce the proven systematic review approach to forestry and land management. It will lend scientific credibility to the guidance given to countries who aspire to participate in a future REDD mechanism, and will provide scientific underpinning of the many approaches that already exist.

The Draft Protocol, titled “Comparison of methods for the measurement and assessment of carbon stocks and carbon stock changes in terrestrial carbon pools” was produced collaboratively by Gill Petrokofsky, FAO/UN-REDD Programme and external experts. It has now been posted on the website of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE), a consortium that facilitates systematic reviews. View document.

The Protocol is now being peer-reviewed. The next phase will consist of putting together a team of reviewers for the full systematic review, which will start in October 2009. Revisions to the Draft Protocol are available on the CEE website and feedback is being collected throughout the period of consultation.

Click here for more information on the process.

Contact: Hideki.Kanamaru@fao.org

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In this issue


United Nations event on forests and climate change underscores North-South agreement and support for REDD

Systematic review of methods to measure and assess terrestrial carbon

Last days to vote for civil society representatives

Features & Commentary

UN-REDD and indigenous peoples’ engagement: the case of Africa -- By Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika

Reports & Analysis

Several UN-REDD countries participate in discussion on assessment and monitoring forest degradation

UN-REDD countries meet to share experiences on measuring, reporting and verification systems for REDD

US$4.38 million UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme launched

Looking ahead

Third Policy Board Meeting of the UN-REDD Programme to take place in Washington, D.C. from 29-30 October 2009

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