(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Spatial assessment of carbon stocks of living vegetation at the national level in Lao PDR

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HETT C. (1) ; HEINIMANN A. (1) ; MESSERLI P. (2) ;
(1) Inst. of Geography, Dep. of Integrative Geography, Univ., Bern, SUISSE
(2) Centre for Development and Environment, Inst. Geography, Univ., Bern, SUISSE


In this study, the AA. present an approach for spatial assessment of vegetation-based carbon stocks. They used Google Earth, Landsat and MODIS satellite imagery and refined the official national land cover data to assess carbon stocks. Their study showed that more than half (52%) of carbon stock of Laos is stored in natural forests, but that 70% of this stock is located outside of national protected areas. It is suggested that the main focus of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Laos should be on the conservation of existing carbon stocks, giving highest priority to the prevention of deforestation outside of national protected areas


Article of periodic

published at : Geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 1903-2471

Editor : Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab, Kobenhavn - DANEMARK (2009)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 111, no1 [pp. 11-26]

Bibliographic references : 61 ref.

Collation : 7 fig., 3 tabl.




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