The REDD+ mechanism calls for the preliminary construction of a system for measuring and monitoring forest carbon stocks. Several tools are needed to this end, including “allometric equations”. The purpose of these biology-based equations is to use samples to assess a forest´s biomass by considering parameters which are easy to measure, such as the diameter, the height and the wood density of trees in a forest.
Within this framework, ONFI and its partners TEREA and Nature+, was asked by the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) in 2013 to contribute to the “regional REDD+ project” (PREREDD+), which was launched in 2011.
The challenge? Helping the countries in the Congo Basin to establish allometric equations.
Actions carried out by ONFI and its partners:
Six research institutions in six different countries (Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo) have been trusted with the implementation of the collection methodology. They will be provided assistance for data collection, processing and effective use of data collected in the field.
The collection of data was achieved in October 2017, while the production of allometric equations was achieved in 2018.
Having these equations at their disposal makes it easier for the six beneficiary countries to determine the quantity of carbon stocks in their forests, and to progress towards the implementation of their national REDD+ strategies.
Country: Cameroun, République du Congo, Gabon, Guinée-équatoriale, République centrafricaine et République démocratique du Congo
Topics: Climat, Gestion forestière
10/2013 – 02/2018
Budget : 2,3 millions €
Partners: Nature+, TEREA
Customer: Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC)
Sponsor: World Bank, Global Environment Facility (FEM / GEF)