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Focus on Gabon forests for Biomass

03 March 2016

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With deforestation accounting for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, satellite observations have an important role to play in mapping this changing ecosystem. ESA is therefore going to great lengths to make sure a new sensor will live up to its promise.

Deforestation and forest degradation release about the same amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as all the road traffic across the globe.

Initiatives such as the REDD+ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme were highlighted at the recent COP21 climate conference in Paris, bringing forests back into focus.

The initiative offers incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development.

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