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Forestry Statistics 2013 - International Forestry

Carbon stocks in forest biomass

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From 1990 to 2010, carbon in forest living biomass decreased in South America and Africa, where forest areas decreased (Table 9.3, Figure 9.4). Carbon stocks in biomass also declined slightly in Asia, where carbon sequestered in new plantations is not yet able to balance out carbon losses from areas of deforestation. Carbon stocks in biomass increased in Europe and North & Central America.

Table 9.3 Carbon stocks in forest living biomass by region, 1990-2010

Region

1990

2000

2005

2010 

giga tonnes of carbon

Europe

42.2 43.2 44.0 45.0 

Africa

60.9 58.3 57.1 55.9 

Asia

37.2

36.8

36.6

35.7 

North and Central America

37.8 38.5 39.0 39.6 

Oceania

10.9 10.8 10.7 10.5 

South America

110.3 106.2 103.9 102.2 

World

299.2

293.8

291.3

288.8 

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010.

Notes:

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

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Figure 9.4 Carbon stock per hectare in forest biomass by region, 2010

Figure 9.4 Carbon stock per hectare in forest biomass by region, 2010

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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