Historical GHG Emissions: Africa Land Use and Forestry

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Net emissions from land use, land use change, and forestry are responsible for approximately half of total GHG emissions in Africa. Deforestation in tropical regions is the primary driver of changes in net emissions from land use change. Africa‚Äôs emissions profile is unique in its makeup, with low per capita emission from fossil fuel combustion, and significant emissions from deforestation.  Average total anthropogenic emissions in Africa during the period 2000-2005 were approximately 500 megatons of carbon (Tg C), 260 Tg C of which resulted from the combustion of fossil fuels, and 240 Tg C from land use change. 

Africa accounted for a third of tropical deforestation during the period 2000-2005, but only 17% of global CO2 emissions from land use chance. The discrepancy suggests that a greater proportion of African deforestation targets dry forest with low biomass.