Methodology for Calculating GHG Benefits from Preventing Planned Degradation
Project Type Methodology:
IFM LtPF Methodology
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
Methodology Assessment for use with Verified Carbon Standard 2007.1
Methodology Assessment Report.
The methodology outlines a procedure to determine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions when a forest’s management is changed from selective logging (the practice of annually removing merchantable trees that have certain desired characteristics) to protection because of a payment for maintaining carbon stocks in the trees. These activities fall in the improved forest management (IFM) project category “logged to protected forest” (LtPF). By leveraging carbon finance to conserve tropical forests, the Verified Carbon Standard Association-approved methodology facilitates reducing GHG emissions, conserving biodiversity and developing alternative sources of income for forest-dependent communities.