Forests, land use

The Land Use Land-Use Change and Forestry sector is a sink of carbon because of the huge amount of carbon uptake of forests, due to continuous afforestation efforts and sustainable forest management. The complex dynamics of the land use and land-use changes leads to highly fluctuating estimates of sectoral removals. Over the period 1990 to 2019 our estimates indicate an average annual 4.9 million tonnes net removal, CO2-eq net removals range from 0.7 million tonnes in 2000 to 7.3 million tonnes CO2 in 2008. In 2019, the LULUCF sector accounted for 5.6 million tonnes carbon-dioxide removals. The net removals of forests amounted to 5.6 million tonnes CO2.

Figure 1. Distribution of LULUCF sector sinks and emitters