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Forest Carbon Estimates for Climate Benefits Projects Around the World

Photo of Snapshot : Science on forest carbon benefits developed by the Forest Service contributes to a reduction in deforestation and degradation in forests throughout the world

Principal Investigators(s) :
Heath, Linda S. 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 45


Scientifically and operationally, estimating carbon as a global environmental benefit of forest related projects is an active area of debate, and is complicated by ongoing international negotiations. A Forest Service scientist worked with colleagues from around the world while on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act detail with the Climate and Chemical Team at the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

The GEF is an independently operating financial organization that provides science-based estimates for proposed forest carbon and sustainable forest management/REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) projects. Billions of dollars pledged by donor countries, including the United States, flow through the GEF for projects that include sustainable forest management; land use, land use change, and forestry; and REDD+ projects.

One notable program proposal the FS researcher worked on is the Great Green Wall of Africa Initiative which involves 12 countries. Throughout the detail, the scientist consulted with Forest Service colleagues in international programs and other units for up-to-date scientific information. This effort enabled the GEF to begin funding on-the-ground forestry projects for carbon and multiple other global environmental benefits, which include reducing deforestation and increasing carbon stocks in forests.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • USFS International Programs
  • Global Environment Facility, World Bank

Program Areas