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Jul 28, 2014

The Romanian government, Greenpeace and WWF have started the nomination process for the virgin beech forests of Romania to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The designation process and all the procedures related to it will take approximately two years.

Jul 25, 2014

The benefits of using native species in large scale rehabilitation and restoration projects are highlighted in a new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Mar 18, 2014

New study suggests that world forests contain 20% more carbon than previously estimated

A new study carried out by Carbomap, an Edinburgh University spin-off survey company, has revealed that the carbon content of the world's forests could be more than 20% higher than formerly thought.

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These results are based on a 3D carbon map set up using data collected by NASA's experimental LVIS airbone laser scanning of a forested area in Costa Rica.  This 3D system can give data related to the vertical dimension of forest (such as layering and canopy height).  This allows the provision of more accurate information than that previously estimated using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon.

This finding could have repercussions for forest protection, carbon accounting and carbon trading, since in the carbon market a value is assigned to forests according to their carbon content.  According to the results of this study, the value of the world´s forests would currently be underestimated by $800 billion.

More information about this study can be found at the Carbomap website:

http://carbomap.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/value-of-worlds-forest-carbon-underestimated-by-more-than-20/