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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2021. Indicator D1b – Removal of greenhouse gases by UK forests 2021

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These documents support benefit indicator D1b – Removal of greenhouse gases by UK forests. The documents include a datasheet.

Forests are a large store of carbon and also act as an active carbon ‘sink’, removing carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas (GHG), from the atmosphere and storing it as carbon in living biomass, leaf litter and forest soil. This sequestration of CO2 is an essential ecosystem service. This indicator shows the cumulative net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by UK forests since 1990. It is split between type of woodland (conifer and broadleaf). Showing greenhouse gas removals by type of woodland is interesting from a biodiversity perspective as it allows a clearer presentation of the contribution made to greenhouse gas removals by broadleaf woodland, most of which constitutes priority habitat.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2021·10·20

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK. 2021. UK Biodiversity Indicators 2021.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were first published in 2007. They were created to provide a measure for reporting on the UK’s progress towards meeting international biodiversity goals and targets. The indicators were comprehensively reviewed during 2011 and 2012 to ensure they continued to be based on the most robust and reliable available data, and remained relevant to the new international goals and targets developed in 2010 and 2011.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Released under the Open Government Licence v3.0. Attribution statement "Contains public sector information from Defra, licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0"

Metadata date 2021·10·20

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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