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CIFOR Database Provides Insights into Forest Carbon Pools

CIFOR1 August 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an online portal to share measurements of forest carbon pools globally. At present, the site includes data from 16 locations in seven countries in Asia and Central America.

The Forest Carbon Database (FCDB) provides resources for helping countries develop capacity to monitor national and sub-national activities, based on the work of the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), a collaboration between CIFOR and the US Forest Service.

In addition to providing maps of sample sites and measured carbon pools, the site includes default emission factors for wetlands to complement the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2013 supplemental guidance for national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories on wetlands.

SWAMP invites those maintaining forest inventory data and those managing permanent sample plots to participate in the initiative. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [CIFOR Blog Post] [Forest Carbon Database] [SWAMP Project]