It is well established that deforestation and forest degradation, as well as forest landscape restoration (FLR) activities, play a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Efforts to combat climate change have been designed specifically to influence the rate at which these activities occur, such as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) programs and Bonn Challenge Commitments. Yet access to credible, consistent, and complete analyses of the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of these activities at national or subnational scales has historically been limited.
In partnership with IUCN, Winrock International has developed two comprehensive global databases:
- Global Forest GHG Emissions Database: Historical emissions from deforestation and forest degradation activities
- Global FLR CO2 Removals Database: Potential carbon dioxide (CO2) removals from specific FLR actions
These databases offer information at both national and subnational scales on the greenhouse gas impacts that specific land use activities have, and thus provide policy-makers, donors, and researchers a powerful new resource for science-based decision-making.
For a detailed description of methods and sources used to develop the Global Forest GHG Emissions Database and Global FLR CO2 Removals Database, see the Methods and Sources document below, along with a summary document and overview presentation.