Project properties

Title Historic wood use in Costa Rica and its contribution to climate change mitigation
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 27-33
Supervisor(s) Prof. Dr. P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema; Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits) Mohren; MSc. Federico E. Alice Guier
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits) Mohren
Contact info Pieter.zuidema@wur.nl;
https://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/dr.-PA-Pieter-Zuidema.htm
Begin date 2018/01/03
End date
Description Internship or thesis

Tropical forests play a major role in the global carbon cycle. The prevention of deforestation and sustainable management of these forests is therefore included in climate mitigation measures, such as outlined in the Paris climate change agreement. To evaluate the contribution of forest management to climate change mitigation, it is necessary to quantify the amount of wood produced by natural tropical forests.

In this thesis project, you will determine wood production and use in Costa Rica since 1900, with a special focus on the period 1990 � until present. The goal is to estimate the contribution of harvested wood products on the greenhouse gas balance of the Costa Rican forest sector, which will be part of the country�s next National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the UNFCCC. Therefore, methods are determined by the IPCC�s Guidelines for GHG Inventories and the need to generate and validate local activity data. You will join a group of researchers from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica who are also involved in this short-term project.


Climate change effects / Sustainable forest management / Ecosystem services
/America's / Tropical zone
Used skills Carbon management, lifecycle analysis, Spanish
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; or REG-31806 Ecological Methods I; or FEM-30806 Resource Dynamics & Sustainable Utilization