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Carbon stocks in forest biomass

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Carbon stocks in forest living biomass have increased in Europe and North & Central America between 2010 and 2015, but have decreased at a global level, reflecting continuing trends since 1990 (Table 9.3).

The overall decrease has mainly been driven by declines in South America and Africa, where forest areas have decreased. 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.

Table 9.3 Carbon stocks in forest living biomass by region, 1990-2015

Region

1990

2000

2005

2010

2015

giga tonnes of carbon

Europe

41.4 42.5 43.2 44.4 45.5

Africa

66.5 63.5 62.1 60.8 59.7

Asia

38.1

37.7

37.2

36.8

36.3

North and Central America

33.9 34.9 35.3 35.6 35.9

Oceania

16.1 15.9 15.9 15.9 15.7

South America

111.5 107.8 105.5 104.0 103.1

World

307.6

302.3

299.2

297.6

296.2

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015.

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, 2015

Figure 9.4 Carbon stock per hectare in forest biomass by region, 2015

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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