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UN Aims to Streamline Cost of Developing Forestry Offset Projects

It’s expensive to develop carbon offset projects that reduce emissions by capturing carbon in trees, and one reason is that every project has to develop its own methodologies for measuring results. The UNFCCC is asking for help in streamlining that process.

It’s expensive to develop carbon offset projects that reduce emissions by capturing carbon in trees, and one reason is that every project has to develop its own methodologies for measuring results. The UNFCCC is asking for help in streamlining that process.

30 July 2009 | The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a technical paper on the cost of implementing methodologies and monitoring systems related to estimates on greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – as well as the assessment of carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions from changes in forest cover and the enhancement of forest-carbon stocks.

The technical paper is available from the following link: UNFCCC Quick Guide to REDD.

The UNFCCC REDD Web Platform requests comments and information sharing from Parties at the country level, organizations and other stakeholders to share relevant information regarding their experiences, lessons learned, cost estimates, case studies and other resources such as step-by-step guides to establishing national monitoring systems in different developing country contexts.

The UNFCCC REDD Web Platform has created a space where this information will be posted. Please submit information to the following e-mail address: redd_webplatform@unfccc.int.


Technical Paper: The Summary

The technical paper provides the following:

• An overview of the possible steps and requirements needed to develop and implement a monitoring system for estimating emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, assessing carbon stocks and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from changes in forest cover, and assessing the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

• Information on the indicative costs associated with the possible steps and requirements of a national monitoring system.

• Elements that developing countries may need to take into account when developing a national monitoring system.

• A means of facilitating the better understanding of the associated costs of the implementation of methodologies and monitoring systems related to estimates of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, the assessment of carbon stocks and GHG emissions from changes in forest cover, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
 

For further details, visit the Forest Carbon Portal‘s Methodology Watch and Standards Update.

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