African Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories and Mitigation Options: Forestry, Land-Use Change, and Agriculture: Johannesburg, South Africa 29 May - June 1995 / Edition 1

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As atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to increase, so does the potential for atmospheric warming and associated climate change. In an effort to address the threat of global climate change, 155 countries signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. As of the first session of the Conference of the Parties, 128 nations had ratified the Convention. Among their other commitments, Parties to the Convention must develop and periodically update national inventories of net anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions using comparable methodologies, and must develop and implement national programs to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. To further the development of emission inventories and mitigation options within the African context, 64 governmental and non-governmental scientists and policy analysts from 23 nations gathered at a workshop near Johannesburg, South Africa from 29 May to 2 June 1995. The workshop focused on forestry, land-use change, and agriculture, because these sectors not only are responsible for the majority of emissions from the continent and provide promising opportunities for emissions mitigation, but also are a vital component of African economic growth and development. This book presents the workshop's major conclusions and findings, as well as individual papers that were prepared for the workshop, each of which was peer-reviewed and accepted for publication as part of the workshop process. The papers cover four areas: (1) issues are associated with data collection and emission factor determination; (2) problems associated with applying the IPCC inventory methodologies in Africa; (3) results of national inventory assessments in Africa; and (4) possible emissions mitigation options and methods for evaluating their potential viability. As the first book dedicated solely to greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation options in Africa, this will be an invaluable resource to scientists, policymakers, and development specialists interested in global climate change and Africa.
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Scientists and policy scholars present 13 papers and two short communications on methodological and scientific aspects of emission estimation and mitigation assessment, on the results of national inventory and mitigation analyses, and on resource and programmatic issues. Among the topics are selected international efforts to address climate change, vegetation fires in southern Africa, determining the global significance of local and regional mitigation strategies, assessing national livestock populations for the production of methane emission inventories, carbon storage in eucalyptus and pine plantations in South Africa, and carbon to nitrogen ratios in agricultural residues. Also includes a summary, and reports from working groups addressing the subtitle topics. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792339427
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/29/1996
  • Edition description: Reprinted from ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT 38:2-3, 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Workshop Summary Statement. African Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories and Mitigation Options: Forestry, Land-Use Change, and Agriculture; B.V. Braatz, et al. Part II: International Context. Scientific Aspects of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and National Greenhouse Gas Inventories; B. Callander. Selected International Efforts to Address Climate Change; M. Seki, R. Christ. Part III: Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories and Mitigation Options: Methodological Issues. Use of Forest Inventories and Geographic Information Systems to Estimate Biomass Density of Tropical Forests: Application to Tropical Africa; S. Brown, G. Gaston. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Vegetation Fires in Southern Africa; R.J. Scholes. Determination of Biomass Burning Emission Factors: Methods and Results; R. Delmas, et al. Determining the Global Significance of Local and Regional Mitigation Strategies: Setting the Scene with Global Integrated Assessment Models; R. Leemans. Assessing National Livestock Populations for the Production of Methane Emission Inventories; A. de Jode. Carbon Storage in Eucalyptus and Pine Plantations in South Africa; S.I. Christi, R.J. Scholes. The Burning of Fuelwood in South Africa: When Is It Sustainable? G.P. von Maltitz, R.J. Scholes. Biofuel Use Assessments in Africa: Implications for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Strategies; D.L. Kgathi, P. Zhou. Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratios in Agricultural Residues; J.O. Ilukor, S.O. Oluka. Part IV: Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories: National Assessment. Fuel Characteristics and Emissions from Biomass Burning and Land-Use Change in Nigeria; A.O. Isichei, et al. Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory for Senegal, 1991; Y. Sokona. Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Agriculture, Land-Use Change, and Forestry in the Gambia; B.P. Jallow. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Forestry, Land-Use Changes, and Agriculture in Tanzania; R.S. Muyungi, C. Omujuni. List of Participants.
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