Metla Project 3306

Forest Carbon Sinks and Economic Costs of Kyoto Protocol

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Duration: 2000-2003   Keywords: Kyoto Protocol, carbon sequestration, climate change, forest carbon sink
Research Programme: Pools and fluxes of carbon in Finnish forests and their socio-economic implications


The forest carbon (C) sinks were included in the Kyoto Protocol as a mechanism to mitigate global climate change. According to the Protocol, the net sink of C arising from land use changes and forestry over the period of 2008-2012 can be credited and may substitute the reduction of GHG emissions. Importance of forests to atmospheric carbon have created a timely need for reliable and transparent estimates of carbon budgets of forests.

The objectives of this study are to

These objectives and results represent also project 3399 'Forest carbon budget' (2004-2005).


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Project leader: Mäkipää, Raisa
The Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa Unit, PL 18, FI-01301 VANTAA, FINLAND
Phone: +358 29 532 2197

Other researchers: Lehtonen, Aleksi, HE (2001-04), Muukkonen, Petteri (2002-04), Peltoniemi, Mikko (2003-04), Pohjola, Johanna (2000-03), Vanhanen, Heidi, HE (2002-03)

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