GHG Emissions and Removals from the Land Sector in the National GHG Inventory Report: the Maritimes

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June 13, 2024 1:00pm – 2:00pm ADT

Speaker: Dr. Douglas MacDonald, Manager of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Section of Environment and Climate Change Canada

This webinar will offer an overview of emissions and removals from the Canadian land sector, as reported to the United Nations under the Paris Agreement, with a focus on the Maritimes. Furthermore, it will provide an overview of the methodologies employed for the land sector in Canada’s international greenhouse gas reporting and will describe the scientific and data-related challenges in accurately capturing the full extent of Nature-Based Climate Solutions (NBCS).

This overview aims to provide participants with insights into the data collection requirements essential for quantifying NBCS projects. Understanding these requirements and the science underlying methodologies is valuable for project implementation and for considering the relative uncertainties inherent in the quantification and reporting of various types of NBCS for project prioritization.


About the speaker

Dr. Douglas MacDonald is the manager of the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Section of Environment and Climate Change Canada, that is responsible for international reporting of emissions and removals of GHGs and air pollutants from the Land Sector in Canada. Dr. MacDonald has both research experience as well working experience in the agricultural and forestry industries. He has authored, or co-authored peer-reviewed articles on a wide range of subjects ranging from agricultural carbon and nitrogen cycling, forest management, biogeochemistry of trace metals, ecological modelling and the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gases from various sources. Notably, as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, he was a coordinating lead author on the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.