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COST Action E43 Harmonisation of National Inventories in Europe: Techniques for Common Reporting Monitoring Forest Resources for Sustainable Management Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists Forestry Commission 231 Corstorphine Road, EH 12 7AT Edinburgh, Scotland 21-22 May, 2007

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Cost action e43 harmonisation of national inventories in europe techniques for common reporting

COST Action E43

Harmonisation of National Inventories in Europe:

Techniques for Common Reporting

Monitoring Forest Resources for Sustainable Management

Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists

Forestry Commission

231 Corstorphine Road, EH 12 7AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

21-22 May, 2007

www.metla.fi/eu/cost/e43/



Cost action e43 objectives
Cost Action E43Objectives

  • To harmonise the definitions and concepts to

    produce comparable information

  • To support countries, particularly with new

    inventories

  • To promote the use of scientifically sound and

    validated methods


3 wgs of cost e43

Harmonised definitions and measuring practices of NFIs

Harmonized estimation procedures for carbon pools and carbon pool changes

Harmonized indicators and estimation procedures for assessing components of biodiversity with NFI data

3 WGs of COST E43


The way towards harmonization
The way towards harmonization

International definitions

NFI descriptions+Questionnaires

Comprehensive information on the current situation of NFIs

References Definitions

Analysis of harmonization options

Building Bridges

Results calculation

Recommendations for harmonizing results at the European level

Comparable estimates


Concepts and variables with reference definitions
Concepts and variables with reference definitions

  • WG1

    • Forest land, Other Wooded land

    • Tree components, Volume of growing stock, Standing volume

  • WG2

    • Forest (from WG1), Cropland, Grassland, Wetlands, Settlements, Other land

    • Five carbon pools (Above and Below ground biomass,

      Dead wood, Litter, Soil carbon)

    • Afforestation, Reforestation, Deforestation

    • Forest management

  • WG3

    • Five core variables (Forest type, Deadwood,

      Ground vegetation, Naturalness, Stand structure)


Results of wg1 forest definition coverage classes used
Results of WG1, Forest definitionCoverage classes used


Forest definition crown coverage classes used

Results of WG1

% of forest area assessed

80%

3number of countries

forest area

60%

40 %

20%

8

4

3

2

1

1

0%

5%

10%

15%

20%

25%

30%

35%

40%

45%

50%

n/a

coverage classes

Forest definitionCrown Coverage Classes Used


Wg1 forest area and volume of growing stock versus dbh threshold
WG1, Forest Area and Volume of Growing Stock versus DBH Threshold


The key issues of wg2

UNFCCC reporting

Kyoto reporting

Definitions and decisions already by 2006

Annual figures to report

Land-use change estimates

State and change in 5 carbon pools

Utilization of NFIs

The key issues of WG2


Wg2 results land use issues
WG2 results, Land use issues

  • Approaches to estimate land-use change


Wg2 results kp baseline

Data for the baseline year (mostly 1990)

WG2 results, KP - baseline


Wg2 results kp ard activities
WG2 results, KP – ARD activities

  • The basis for ARD estimation


Use of nfi data for 5 carbon pools
Use of NFI data for 5 carbon pools (%)


Cost action e43 harmonisation of national inventories in europe techniques for common reporting

Development steps of WG3 activities

References

for core variables

?


Cost action e43 harmonisation of national inventories in europe techniques for common reporting

Result of WG3

Specific biodiversity data are collected on dead wood?

11 countries are currently assess deadwood in time series

» harmonised report on deadwood (changes in time and in decay stages)

will be possible



Cost action e43 harmonisation of national inventories in europe techniques for common reporting

100%

1

2

3

3

4

90%

5

6

80%

9

10

70%

14

60%

20

20

50%

19

18

17

17

16

40%

15

14

30%

11

10

20%

6

10%

0%

DBH

height

gaps/ha

social position

tree coordinates

number of layers

edge effects / ha

stage of development

number of trees /dbh /

dead trees (snags) / ha

species abundance /layer

hectare

distance to nearest neighbour

tree

WG3: Attributes ranked by the number of NFIs assessing them


Cost action e43 harmonisation of national inventories in europe techniques for common reporting

Result of WG3

15 European countries currently describe the vertical stand structure by assessing the number of layers.

» data harmonisation is possible


Impact science
Impact, science

  • Current status of NFIs, differences and similarities in concepts and definitions

  • Methods to analyse and create definitions quantitatively

  • The role of NFIs in UNFCCC LULUCF and Kyoto reporting

  • Quantifying biodiversity assessment and the possibilities of NFIs in biodiversity monitoring

  • Methods to convert NFI estimates from one definition to another (building bridges)


Impact technology
Impact, technology

  • European forest monitoring system

    • can be built on NFIs

    • full advantage of local knowledge

    • full advantage of a long time methodological work and time series

    • FAO, UNECE/FAO, MCPFE, JRC, EEA, DG ENV

      actively participating

  • Global impact, similar processes are being built elsewhere with the support of FAO, e.g., Asia process, Montreal process


Impact technology cont
Impact, technology, cont

  • Building up European forest information supply on the national inventories

    • maximized benefits from inventories

      500 000 visited plots

    • maximized advantage of local knowledge and requirements together with international requirements


Cost action e43 office holders
Cost Action E43Office holders

  • Prof. Erkki TOMPPO (Finland), the Chairman of the Action

  • Dr. Klemens SCHADAUER (Austria), Vice-Chairman

    Three Working Groups

  • Dr. Claude VIDAL (France), leader, WG1

  • Dr. Adrian LANZ (Switzerland), deputy leader, WG1

  • Prof. Göran Ståhl (Sweden), leader, WG2

  • Dr. Emil CIENCIALA (Czech Republic), deputy leader, WG2

  • Prof. Gherardo CHIRICI (Italy), leader, WG3

  • Dr. Susanne WINTER (Germany), deputy leader, WG3


E43 coordination
E43, coordination

  • Up to now

    • 7 Management committee meetings

    • 7 Joint working group meetings (8th in June in

      Helsinki)

    • 8 Steering committee meetings

    • 2nd Questionnaires, all WGs

    • 7 STSM and 10 Task Force meetings

      for analysing the questionnaires,

      defining references and building bridges


Future activities
Future activities

  • 3 MC and JWG meetings

  • Several STSMs, TF meetings

  • Building bridges a challenge

    • field data with different definitions, work,

      => resources, some promising progress in 2007

  • Publications

    • Country Report, status in each participating country

    • Scientific papers (so far 3 + 1 + 2)

    • Harmonised results


Future activities cont
Future activities, cont

  • Inventory teams involved, high commitment of all, particularly core people and groups

  • Ambitious tasks with a lot of work

  • A new action to continue the work