The Representational Delegation of the World Bank in cooperation with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations organize and conduct training seminar in Russia

The representational delegation of the World Bank in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO UN) organized and conducted a seminar to assess the carbon balance in the projects and programs implemented in the sector of land exploitation, forestry and agriculture ( AFOLU), which was attended by the deputy director A. Konstantinov of the scientific division of Federal Budgetary Establishment “Saint-Petersburg Forestry Research Institute” A. from the 27 to 28 of May 2015.

During the seminar, a presentation was given of the content and main conclusions of the regional review "Of 4 Degrees - Turn down the heat: face-to-face with the new climate reality." The review, prepared in cooperation with the Potsdam Institute for the study of the consequences of climate change and previewed by the World Bank Group in November 2014, discusses the latest science-based information on climate risks to development, including the prospects and consequences for the forests of the Russian Federation in the event of adverse climatic conditions. The Russian Federation surpasses all other countries in the amount the forested area - it accounts for 20% of the total global forest, and its forests play an important role in the global carbon cycle. Russian forests account for a share of approximately one-third of the net annual carbon deposit for all forests throughout the world. With its boreal forests, Russia possesses the largest terrestrial carbon reserves, which currently play the important function for Russia as well as other countries of reducing the carbon content in the atmosphere. For this reason, the future climate of the planet will largely depend on Russia's policy of land exploitation and forestry management practices.

Later, as outlined by the programme, there followed an educational seminar in the field of carbon balance assessment in the projects and programs implemented in the sectors of land use, agriculture and forestry (AFOLU). The training was conducted with the adoption of the method of evaluating the carbon balance based on the estimated values (Ex-ante Carbon-balance Tool - EX-ACT), developed by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations with the aim of carrying out a preliminary assessment of the impact of projects in the field of agriculture and forestry on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon absorption ( C), allowing for the estimation of the overall impact on the carbon balance.