Forestry Statistics 2009 - International Forestry

Carbon stocks in forest biomass

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From 1990 to 2005, carbon in forest living biomass decreased in Africa, Asia and South America. The trends are mostly driven by changes in forest area, but areas of new plantations are not able to balance out equivalent areas of deforestation.

Table 9.3 Carbon stocks in forest living biomass by region, 1990-2005

Region

1990

2000

2005

giga tonnes of carbon

Europe

     UK

0.1

0.1

0.1

     EU-271

7.6

8.8

9.4

Total Europe

42.043.143.9

Africa

65.862.260.8

Asia

41.1

35.6

32.6

North and Central America

41.041.942.4

Oceania

11.611.411.4

South America

97.794.291.5

World

299.2

288.6

282.7

Not National Statistics.

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005.

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-27 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.

2. A giga tonne is a thousand million tonnes (109 tonnes).

Figure 9.4 Carbon stock per hectare in forest biomass by region, 2005

Figure 9.4 Carbon stock per hectare in forest biomass by region, 2005

Not National Statistics.

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005.

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