Tools and Resources

AFOLU Emissions Analysis tools

The AFOLU Emissions Analysis tools support Member Countries in improving their capacity to address UNFCCC reporting requirements (i.e. GHG Inventories, NAMAs, INDCs) for the agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sector. The tools give users the opportunity to address different needs based on country priorities and national circumstances.

So far, the tools that have been developed are:

Georeferenced data (Click to read more)
The tool allows users to display and access global georeferenced datasets instrumental for estimating GHG emissions of specific agriculture and land use categories at Tier 1, including activity data and emission factors. The tool also offers maps of the FAO GHG emissions estimates, which are the source of the corresponding figures in the FAOSTAT Emissions database, aggregated at country-level. Geospatial data are available for download at country level, helping countries to fill data gaps while compiling a GHG inventory.
QA/QC and Verification (Click to read more)
The tool allows users to compare GHG emissions and activity data for the AFOLU sector reported by country to the UNFCCC (through appropriate reporting mechanisms) with corresponding data from the FAOSTAT Emissions database. The tool helps countries to improve the AFOLU component of the National GHG Inventory.
Emissions overview (Click to read more)
The tool gives users an overview of emissions and trends in the AFOLU sector at country level, or for a user-specified country grouping. It also contextualizes the emissions within the region(s), the continent(s), and the world. Such information can support countries in the preparatory phase for NAMAs and INDCs.
Emissions intensities (Click to read more)
The tool allows users to analyze the relationship between emissions intensities (expressed as carbon intensity per unit product of a given commodity) and productivity, at country and/or regional level, for specific agriculture commodities. The tool provides information that is useful for policy makers in planning NAMAs and INDCs, and when implementing mitigation policies.

Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM)

GLEAM is a modelling framework that simulates the interaction of activities and processes involved in livestock production and the environment. The model was developed to assess livestock's impacts, adaptation and mitigation options at (sub) national, regional and global scale. (Click to read more)
GLEAM differentiates key stages along livestock supply chains such as feed production, processing and transport; herd dynamics, animal feeding and manure management; and animal products processing and transport. The model captures the specific impacts of each stage, offering a comprehensive and disaggregated picture of livestock production negative side effects and valuable information for intervention. For more information click here.


FAO Publications (Click to read more)
Works Contributed (Click to read more)
Peer reviewed articles (Click to read more)


FAO e-learning course: Building a national greenhouse gas inventory for agriculture and land use

This self-paced e-learning course has been developed as part of the Monitoring and Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Potential in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAGHG) project financially supported by Norway. The course is based on the “Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture: A manual to address data requirements for Developing Countries” prepared in collaboration with the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics.

The course will guide the user through the preparation of a tier 1/approach 1 national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector, providing also a general introduction to GHG reporting in the context of climate change policy, and presenting some FAO products in support of national GHG inventories compilers. The e-learning course will contribute to improving national GHG inventories which are instrumental for national GHG reporting processes such as the Biennial Update Reports (BURs), the National Communications and the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

last updated:  Friday, July 3, 2015