Climate Change and the Land Sector: Improving Measurement, Mitigation and Resilience of our Natural Resources   [open pdf - 792KB]

"Recognizing the need to address this challenge [of climate change], President Obama, in his 'Climate Action Plan,' instructed agencies to identify new approaches to protect and restore America's forests, grasslands, and wetlands, and promote sustainable and climate-smart land management practices. Federal programs implemented and strengthened through the Climate Action Plan are driving down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increasing carbon sinks, and preparing our country's natural resources and communities for the impacts of climate change. These programs are also improving the data and methods we use to measure and evaluate progress, while increasing our understanding of how land-sector emissions may change in the future. Due to the complex and ever-changing nature of land sector carbon sinks and emissions, as well as the uncertain trajectory of climate change impacts on our natural resources, effectively addressing climate change in the land sector presents unique challenges that require a coordinated, multi-faceted effort by the U.S. government and other partners. Accordingly, multiple agencies have been working together to ensure that annual land sector emissions and carbon sinks can be adequately tracked in the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (referred to hereinafter as the Inventory), and that improvements in the Inventory are used to improve projections of future potential emissions."

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