Afforestation, Reforestation and Deforestation Activities
In 1997 more than 150 countries adopted the Kyoto Protocol to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Kyoto Protocol legally limits the emissions of harmful greenhouse gas emissions from industrialized countries. Article 3.3 of the Kyoto Protocol specifies that “the net changes in greenhouse gas emissions by sources and removals by sinks resulting from direct human-induced land-use change and forestry activities, limited to afforestation, reforestation and deforestation since 1990, measured as verifiable changes in carbon stocks in each commitment period, shall be used to meet the commitments by industrialized countries”. This IPCC work was carried out to support the negotiators of the Kyoto Protocol in making decisions regarding the details of how to implement this international treaty in the area of land use and forestry. It supported the decision making process by highlighting the issues, options, and implications that were raised by different interpretations the variouis Articles of the Kyoto Protocol.
Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management