EU-19044 - VERIFY (BO-55-101-006, BO-47-002-043)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


These estimates need to be established and regularly updated using transparent methods and traceable to international standards. The H2020-VERIFY project proposes to quantify more accurately carbon stocks and the fluxes of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) across the EU based on independent observations in support of Member States inventories that rely mostly on statistical data. Wageningen Environmental Research (WEnR) has as its task to develop the bottom up part of the system for agriculture and forestry. Resilient and robust production systems will be tested in the system in terms of their country wise sectoral emissions and to what degree they reach their emission reduction goals.  

The improved knowledge of GHG budgets from VERIFY will be used to improve national inventories, in collaboration with national inventory agencies. This also connects to the currently ongoing Climate Envelop work under the Dutch Climate Accord in which pilots have been started in agriculture and forestry&nature.


Output will be a full greenhouse analysis system at medium resolution for the whole EU, running bottom up sectors as agriculture and forestry GHG balance contemporary and in future. This will be able to address the questions of GHG emissions and sinks, while meeting increased demands from the primary production sectors.

The impact for the agricultural and forestry sector is that climate policies and reduction regulations can be adapted based on the outcomes of the independent system. The impact for these sectors is that efficiency measures can be implemented that aim at the most cost efficient measures that achieve in an optimal manner the emission reductions The current reporting to UNFCCC is too rigid and does not recognise the effects of measures. Through Verify-identified and quantified measures the effects of measures will become visible in the reporting and thus become eligible carbon credits.

Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/21

Research Output

Estimating aboveground net biomass change for tropical and subtropical forests: refinement of IPCC default rates using forest plot data

Requena Suarez, D., Rozendaal, D. M. A., De Sy, V., Phillips, O. L., Alvarez‐Dávila, E., Anderson‐teixeira, K., Araujo‐murakami, A., Arroyo, L., Baker, T. R., Bongers, F., Brienen, R. J. W., Carter, S., Cook‐Patton, S. C., Feldpausch, T. R., Griscom, B. W., Harris, N., Hérault, B., Honorio Coronado, E. N., Leavitt, S. M., Lewis, S. L. & 14 others, Marimon, B. S., Monteagudo Mendoza, A., N'dja, J. K., N'guessan, A. E., Poorter, L., Qie, L., Rutishauser, E., Sist, P., Sonké, B., Sullivan, M. J. P., Vilanova, E., Wang, M. M. H., Martius, C. & Herold, M., Nov 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 11, p. 3609-3624

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Actual European forest management by region, tree species and owner based on 714,000 re-measured trees in national forest inventories

    Schelhaas, M-J., Fridman, J., Hengeveld, G. M., Henttonen, H. M., Lehtonen, A., Kies, U., Krajnc, N., Lerink, B., Ní Dhubháin, Á., Polley, H., Pugh, T. A. M., Redmond, J. J., Rohner, B., Temperli, C., Vayreda, J., Nabuurs, G-J. & Hanewinkel, M., 12 Nov 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 11, e0207151.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Global Carbon Budget 2018

    Quéré, C., Andrew, R., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Hauck, J., Pongratz, J., Pickers, P., Ivar Korsbakken, J., Peters, G., Canadell, J., Arneth, A., Arora, V., Barbero, L., Bastos, A., Bopp, L., Ciais, P., Chini, L., Ciais, P., Doney, S., Gkritzalis, T. & 30 others, Goll, D., Harris, I., Haverd, V., Hoffman, F., Hoppema, M., Houghton, R., Hurtt, G., Ilyina, T., Jain, A., Johannessen, T., Jones, C., Kato, E., Keeling, R., Klein Goldewijk, K., Landschützer, P., Lefèvre, N., Lienert, S., Liu, Z., Lombardozzi, D., Metzl, N., Munro, D., Nabel, J., Nakaoka, S. I., Neill, C., Olsen, A., Ono, T., Patra, P., Peregon, A., Peters, W. & Van Der Laan-Luijkx, I., 5 Dec 2018, In : Earth System Science Data. 10, 4, p. 2141-2194

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 278 Citations (Scopus)