Spatial and temporal determinants of anthropogenic forest fires in the Amazon

Forest fires are becoming more frequent and larger, and most are triggered by human activities. Carbon emissions from fire-related forest degradation are growing in importance as emissions from deforestation drop, so effectively measuring and monitoring forest fires is a crucial component for the success of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). In this presentation, Ane Alencar from IPAM explains their research on forest fires, and the implications of fires for forest degradation and future carbon emissions. Ane Alencar gave this presentation on 8 March 2012 at a workshop organised by CIFOR, 'Measurement, Reporting and Verification in Latin American REDD+ Projects', held in Petropolis, Brazil. Credible baseline setting and accurate and transparent Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of results are key conditions for successful REDD+ projects. The workshop aimed to explore important advances, challenges, pitfalls, and innovations in REDD+ methods - thereby moving towards overcoming barriers to meeting MRV requirements at REDD+ project sites in two of the Amazon's most important REDD+ candidate countries, Peru and Brazil. For further information about the workshop, please contact Shijo Joseph via s.joseph (at) cgiar.org

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