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The carbon sink: Absorption capacity of the European terrestrial biosphere

Funded under: FP5-EESD


This document is the result of the Carbon Sink Seminar, held in Stockholm (SE), 18-20 April 2001 and summarizes our current knowledge and understanding of the absorption capacity of the European terrestrial biosphere. It has been jointly prepared by scientists from different disciplines, stakeholders and sink experts of the policy arena following the post-Kyoto negotiations. The aim of this seminar was to support the developing of policies and measures with respect to carbon sinks, and to investigate how and how much the European terrestrial biosphere could contribute to meet the European greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. This report also provides options and important guidelines for the implementation of carbon sinks in a scientifically sound manner as referenced in the Kyoto Protocol.

The conclusions and recommendations presented in this report, to a large extent, are based on the results of research projects supported by the European Commissions framework programmes. .

Additional information

Authors: SCHULZE D ET AL (EDITORS), European Commission, DG Research, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19883 EN (2001), pp. 26. Euro: 7.00
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agent URL:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1641-6
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