Carbon Mapping to curb climate change and boost biodiversity

A new UNEP-led mapping project shows how carbon stocks in Asia, Africa and Latin America overlap with biodiversity hotspots. The new maps pinpoint places where investments in carbon can contribute to community livelihoods, forest conservation and the fight against climate change. Compiled by a partnership led by UNEP's World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the maps overlay the carbon held in the vegetation and soils of terrestrial ecosystems with other key features, such as population density, protected areas and economic activities (eg. gum and honey production). The aim is to assist governments in setting priorities for carbon investments. Maps have been developed for Cambodia, Jiangxi Province in China, Ecuador, Honduras, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Press conference followed by Side Event at CBD Tenth Conference of the Parties, Nagoya, Japan

1) Press conference

Date: Monday 18 October 2010

Time: 16:30 to 17:00 (Nagoya)

Location: International Conference Room (Room 3f) in Building 3, Nagoya Conference Center


Dr. Barney Dickson, Head of Climate Change and Biodiversity, UNEP-WCMC

Dr. Monika Bertzky, Programme Officer, Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme, UNEP-WCMC

2) Side event: Launch of publications for Cambodia, Ecuador, Argentina, Nigeria and China on carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Date: Wednesday 20 October 2010

Time: 11:30 to 12:30 (Nagoya)

Location: Room 211B, Building 2 (1st floor)

For More Information, Please Contact:

Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson/Head of Media, on or Tel. +254 733 632755


UNEP Newsdesk at

The carbon mapping report and regional publications can be downloaded from


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