• Independent data for transparent monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions from the land use sector–What do stakeholders think and need?

    Romijn E, De Sy V, Herold M et al.
    Environmental Science & Policy
    2018

    Greenhouse gas emissions reduction from the land use sector requires that accurate, consistent and comparable datasets are available for transparent reference and progress monitoring. Through an online survey, we investigated stakeholders’ data needs for estimating forest area and change, forest biomass and emission factors, and AFOLU GHG emissions. Our results show that current open and freely available datasets and portals are only able to fulfil stakeholder needs to a certain degree. We also identify key elements for increasing overall transparency of data sources, definitions and methodologies.