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O. Janne Kjønaas, Harald Aalde, Lars S. Dalen, Helene A. de Wit, Toril Eldhuset & Bernt-Håvard Øyen

Carbon stocks in Norwegian forested systems. Preliminary data

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Abstract

Between 1990 and 2010 the projected emissions of greenhouse gases in Norway is assumed to increase 24%. As a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, Norway is supposed to limit the greenhouse gas emissions in the period 2008–2012 to 1% above the 1990 level. Potentially, forestry activities may contribute as a means to achieve the set target of emission reductions. The initial Norwegian views and proposals for definitions and accounting framework for activities under Articles 3.3 and 3.4 of the Kyoto Protocol was reported to the UNFCCC August 1 2000 by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. There was also an annex to the submission with preliminary data and information on Articles 3.3 and 3.4 of the Kyoto Protocol. This paper is based on this annex, and focuses mainly on data for forests and other woodlands. Preliminary data indicate that approximately 85% of the carbon (C) pool of forested systems is found in the soil. The major part of the annual C sequestration takes place in living biomass and soil, while sequestration in wood products and landfills etc. has been found to be of minor importance. It must be noted that the reported data are preliminary and contain large uncertainties.

Keywords : carbon pools, carbon sequestration, Kyoto Protocol, Norway

To cite this article

O. Janne Kjønaas, Harald Aalde, Lars S. Dalen, Helene A. de Wit, Toril Eldhuset & Bernt-Håvard Øyen, «Carbon stocks in Norwegian forested systems. Preliminary data», BASE [En ligne], Volume 4 (2000), Numéro 4, 311-314 URL : https://popups.ulg.ac.be/1780-4507/index.php?id=15221.

About: O. Janne Kjønaas

Norwegian Forest Research Institute (NISK). Hogskoleveien, 12. N–1432 Ås (Norway). E-mail: Janne.Kjonaas@nisk.no

About: Harald Aalde

Norwegian Institute of Land Inventory (NIJOS). Postboks, 115. N–1431 Ås (Norway).

About: Lars S. Dalen

Norwegian Forest Research Institute (NISK). Hogskoleveien, 12. N–1432 Ås (Norway).

About: Helene A. de Wit

Norwegian Forest Research Institute (NISK). Hogskoleveien, 12. N–1432 Ås (Norway).

About: Toril Eldhuset

Norwegian Forest Research Institute (NISK). Hogskoleveien, 12. N–1432 Ås (Norway).

About: Bernt-Håvard Øyen

Norwegian Forest Research Institute (NISK). Hogskoleveien, 12. N–1432 Ås (Norway).