To better understand the nature of terrestrial carbon stocks across
South Africa and associated mitigation opportunities, the Department of
Environmental Affairs commissioned the South African National Carbon
Sinks Assessment, comprised of 3 sections.
This Section 1 report focuses primarily on the need to understand the
nature of carbon stocks and fluxes at a national scale.
A three-step process was used to address the scope of work: Module 1. To
first map terrestrial carbon stocks and fluxes across the entire
Module 2. To model the potential effect of predicted changes in climate
and atmospheric carbon dioxide on terrestrial carbon stocks and
Module 3. To map historical land-use change within South Africa over the
2000-2010 period and to model predicted changes in land-use over the
next 10-15 years - to \"2020\".
The outcomes of these components provide much needed data for national
reporting, carbon accounting and land-use planning purposes. They have
formed the foundation for the analysis undertaken in Section 2 and 3 of
this National Carbon Sink Assessment and provide a crucial source of
data for local planning and project development.
This report has been produced by The Cirrus Group for Evidence on Demand
with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development
(DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and
Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL
PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE
Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Knowles, T.; Sullivan, P.; Scholes, R.; Wessels, K.; Thompson, M. Section 1 report &#8211; Understanding the status and dynamics. South African national carbon sinks assessment. Evidence on Demand, UK (2014) iii + 98 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_cr.march2014.knowlestetal]