Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help
 

Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (1 MB byte)

Title: A carbon inventory for Mexico

Author: Wood,; L.,; Hughell,; D. A.,; Lund,; H. G.,; Torres,; V. E.,; Pérez-Chavéz,; Mario,;

Date: 2006

Source: In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 365-373

Publication Series: Proceedings (P)

   Note: This article is part of a larger document. View the larger document

Description: Treaties such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognize the link between changes in vegetation cover and impacts on the global climate. The UNFCCC specifies guidelines for monitoring land use changes and for including such changes in the “equation” for evaluating a nation’s compliance with efforts to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) releases into the atmosphere. With an estimated 20 percent of CO2 emissions coming from land use changes, such monitoring must measure the carbon content of various vegetation types. ARD, Inc. developed such means through a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project entitled Technical Assistance for Developing a Carbon Index for Mexico. The purpose of the project was to strengthen Mexico’s ability to estimate the amount of biomass CO2 lost or gained over time based on a consistent methodology. The ARD team developed a methodology for deriving national carbon estimates from, and in coordination with, well-established Mexican government programs. The team focused on the following land use change and forestry (LUCF) reporting categories: changes in forest and other woody biomass stocks, forest and grassland conversion, and abandonment of managed lands. For each category, the team developed technical guidelines that use data collection efforts already in existence or that would soon be underway--that is, long-term government programs funded each year that would be relatively consistent over time. The team felt that such commitment was necessary to support change estimates that occur on a time scale of decades. The team field-tested the methodology and had the results peer reviewed. The ARD procedures have application throughout the western hemisphere and indeed the rest of the world.

Keywords: monitoring, assessment, sustainability, Western Hemisphere, sustainable management, ecosystem resources, carbon inventory, Mexico

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to rmrspubrequest@fs.fed.us to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)

XML: View XML

Citation:


Wood; L.; Hughell; D. A.; Lund; H. G.; Torres; V. E.; Pérez-Chavéz; Mario 2006. A carbon inventory for Mexico. In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 365-373

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.