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.
This methodology outlines a procedure to determine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions derived from a change in forest management—specifically, a shift from selective logging (the practice of annually removing merchantable trees that have certain desired characteristics) to protection—in order to earn payments for maintaining carbon stocks in those trees. These activities fall under the improved forest management project category of “logged to protected forests.” By leveraging carbon financing to conserve tropical forests, this methodology (which has been approved by the Verified Carbon Standard Association) facilitates the reduction of GHG emissions, the conservation of biodiversity and the development of alternative sources of income for forest-dependent communities.