A framework for ecosystem services for farmers

prof. dr. Verheyen Kris

prof. dr. ir. Boeckx Pascal

Carbon storage inventory of the central Congo basin

The Congo basin is largely understudied in relation to the Amazon. Within the COBIMFO project we recently produced the first detailed biomass carbon stock inventory. Our 21 ha study sites are located in the Yangambi Man and Biosphere reserve. Our findings show that tree height in the central Congo basin is lower compared to the eastern or western boarders, resulting in a 25% lower carbon stock.

The obtained data are essential to start the climate change mitigation program (UN-REDD) in the Congo Basin.UN-REDD = United Nations Collaborative Program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UNFCCC, CoP Warsaw, 2013).