Forest Carbon Assessment in the Amazon’s Indigenous and Protected Areas

55% of carbon in Amazon is in indigenous territories and protected lands, and much of it at risk. In this webinar, coauthors of the paper Forest carbon in Amazonia: the unrecognized contribution of indigenous territories and protected natural areas will discuss how carbon sequestration is a widely acknowledged and increasingly valued function of tropical forest ecosystems; however, until recently, the information needed to assess the carbon storage capacity of Amazonian Indigenous Territories and Protected Natural Areas in a global context remained either lacking or out of reach. This webinar will bring together three of the collaborators on this work, Wayne Walker, Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center; Maria A Oliveira-Miranda, Senior Scientist, Provita and RAISG; and, Stephan Schwartzman, Director, Tropical Forest Policy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to discuss the study. The work was led by the Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG). The study and accompanying map of carbon stored within the nine-nation network of Amazonian indigenous territories and protected natural areas are products of a novel north-south collaboration among scientists, Amazonian indigenous and NGO networks, and environmental policy experts who combined satellite measurements of carbon density, field data, pressures and threats methodology, and boundary records of these areas. The novel collaboration was partially financed through at grant made from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facilities’ capacity building program. After a presentation, participants are invited to ask questions and engage in a discussion with the coauthors of the study.

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Maria A Oliveira-Miranda

Wayne Walker

Steve Schwartzman

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