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Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems for Carbon in Soils and Vegetation in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Improved terrestrial carbon management offers tremendous potential for climate change mitigation and, in many cases, there are associated co-benefits such as increased productivity, resilience, and biodiversity. It is expected that governments will agree to incentives for improved management of some forms of terrestrial carbon in developing countries, including maintaining existing carbon and creating new carbon in agriculture, forestry and other land-uses. Across a wide range of geographic scales and land classes, there is a need for a coherent, integrated information base for effective land management practices that produce real increases in sequestration together with real reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from terrestrial sources, and transparent, consistent, and comparable quantification of changes in carbon stocks. In January 2011, the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre organized an inter-service meeting on “Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems for carbon in soils and vegetation in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries” with the objective of refining its long-term research agenda in that domain. This was achieved in the light of the needs of the Directorates-General involved in the development and environment policies namely DEVCO, ENV, CLIMA, ENTR, RTD and AGRI as well as of the recent evolution of the UNFCCC negotiations. This report encompasses the proceedings of the meeting together with the conclusions and recommendations to JRC work program stated by the invited experts and policy-makers from the different relevant DGs. The presentations given during the meeting and the final report are also available on the ACP Observatory website (