The South African National Carbon Sink Assessment provided an
unprecedented opportunity to explore the nature of terrestrial carbon
stocks and fluxes at a national scale and to evaluate all climate change
mitigation opportunities within the agriculture, forestry and other land
use (AFOLU) sector. Work had previously been done on carbon stocks and
fluxes, in particular biomes, as well as climate change mitigation
activities at a project scale in certain locations, however a
comprehensive analysis at a national scale had been lacking and
The report was commissioned by South Africa’s National Department of
Environmental Affairs (DEA) with funding kindly provided by the United
Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The South African National Carbon Sink Assessment is comprised of three
Section 1 of the Assessment focuses on the
magnitude and nature of terrestrial carbon stocks across South Africa
and how they may change in future due to the influence of changes in
land-use, climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Section 2 is aimed at assessing the size and
nature of climate change mitigation opportunities.
Lastly, Section 3 reviews the interaction between policy and
terrestrial carbon in South Africa, both in terms of the potential
influence of existing policy on carbon stocks
as well as how policy may be amended to support
activities that lead to a net reduction in atmospheric greenhouse gases
This synopsis report presents the rationale and approach, methodology in
brief, key results in brief and provides syntheses of key emerging
outcomes and potential next steps. An abstract summary is also available.
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.
Cirrus Group. Synopsis report: South African carbon sink assessment. Evidence on Demand, UK (2014) vi + 42 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_cr.september2014.cirrusgroup]