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Options for accounting carbon sequestration in German forests

Author(s): Krug Joachim | Koehl Michael | Riedel Thomas | Bormann Kristin | Rueter Sebastian | Elsasser Peter

Journal: Carbon Balance and Management
ISSN 1750-0680

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Abstract Background The Accra climate change talks held from 21–27 August 2008 in Accra, Ghana, were part of an ongoing series of meetings leading up to the Copenhagen meeting in December 2009. During the meeting a set of options for accounting carbon sequestration in forestry on a post-2012 framework was presented. The options include gross-net and net-net accounting and approaches for establishing baselines. Results This article demonstrates the embedded consequences of Accra Accounting Options for the case study of German national GHG accounting. It presents the most current assessment of sequestration rates by forest management for the period 1990 – 2007, provides an outlook of future emissions and removals (up to the year 2042) as related to three different management scenarios, and shows that implementation of some Accra options may reverse sources to sinks, or sinks to sources. Conclusion The results of the study highlight the importance of elaborating an accounting system that would prioritize the climate convention goals, not national preferences.
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