Call for Participation: IGES–FAO survey on estimation of carbon stock changes in mineral soils in national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories
"Soils constitute the biggest carbon pool in terrestrial ecosystems and can have a significant contribution to climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration. However, the estimation and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals, especially from mineral soils, is very limited. Currently, countries face significant challenges in reporting carbon stock changes and associated CO2 emissions from mineral soils even when using the basic methodological level (tier 1). This is true for a wide range of countries, both developed and developing. Thus, it is worthwhile to understand the reasons behind the incomplete reporting by countries in order to have more targeted actions towards filling the gaps. For this reason, FAO and IGES are launching the survey on “Estimation of carbon stock changes in mineral soils in national greenhouse gas inventories. The survey focuses on understanding the existing technical capacity and the main challenges in estimating carbon stock changes (CSCs) and associated CO2 emissions/removals in mineral soils due to land use/management and their changes on managed land. In addition, the survey explores whether soil scientist/experts are collaborating in this process, as well as their awareness of the topic, data needs and methodologies. The survey refers to technical experts working on estimating CSCs in mineral soils due to land use, management/changes and CO2 emissions/removals from the carbon pool; and to soil scientist/experts working on producing data and knowledge on this topic. The survey requires 5 minutes and it will be available from 21 September to 8 October 2021."
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