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Carbon Off Set and Carbon Sequestration
File USDA Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory by Webeditor — last modified Aug 01, 2014 02:14 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, will help USDA evaluate current and future greenhouse gas conservation programs, as well as develop new tools and update existing ones to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participate in emerging carbon markets.
File FY10 Programmatic Report to USAID-TransLinks Program and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) from Forest Trends by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:50 PM
This report reviews the FY10 accomplishments and work products related to: benefits and revenue sharing from PES analysis, legal analysis for PES in Peru, PES training modules, Katoomba - central Africa Planning, Katoomba - Marine meeting (February 2010), Katoomba - Mekong (June 2010), Katoomba - MAP event and USAID Brownbag on forest carbon (September 2010). Each work product is discussed in detail within the report.
File REDD CREDITS BOOST COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN MALAWI by Sarah Schmidt — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:09 PM
In tiny Malawi, two rural community groups are taking giant leaps toward conservation. These two groups, made up of 21 villages, are the first in the country to be successfully certified and registered, enabling them to sell forest carbon in the global voluntary markets. The two groups now have an estimated 1,510,729 tCO2e or tradable emissions reductions credits available for sale over 10 years.
File Payments for Ecosystem Services & Environmental Markets: Training Modules by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM
A manual produced by Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group to provide capacity building materials for specific audiences regarding payments for ecosystem services and environmental markets. This manual outlines training modules for specific audiences with subject matter and learning objectives specific to that audience; public sector, private sector, public and non-profit sector, and rural communities.
File Implications of the Legal and Policy Framework for Tree and Forest Carbon in Ghana: REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:50 PM
This report presents an analysis of the legal and policy framework for tree and forest carbon in Ghana in an effort to contribute to this process. It shows that the current legal and regulatory structure for forestry and lands in Ghana provides indications of how carbon rights and benefits might be managed and distributed. The report also argues that realizing the full ecological and economic potential of REDD+ will require meaningful legal reforms and innovative application of existing mechanisms so as to effectively address the real drivers of deforestation and ensure permanence in any REDD+ activities.
File Presentation - Water Supply Stress Index-Carbon and Biodiversity (Wassi CB) model by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:46 AM
Presentation given by Steve McNulty, Ge Sun, Erika Cohen, Matt Wingard, US Forest Service on September 15, 2011, as part of the Modeling and Managing Watersheds Workshop, September 13-16, 2011 held in Kigali, Rwanda. Presentation provided an overview of the Water Supply Stress Index-Carbon and Biodiversity (WaSSI-CB) model developed by the USDA Forest Service and its theories, and discussed databases for and model applications in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia.
File Presentation - Overview of PES in East and Southern Africa by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:05 AM
Presentation given at ecosystems services workshop entitled: “Forests, Climate Change, and Ecosystem Services Training” May 11-13, 2009
File REDD Readiness in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
Overview of WCS's Southern Highlands Conservation Programme and designing a REDD project in the broader context of conservation in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania. Presentation was given as part of the "Innovative Uses of Land Use Planning Tools in WCS’s Landscapes Around the World" lunch time talk series at the WCS Land Cover Modelling for REDD Workshop held October 25– 29, 2010 in Bronx, New York, USA.ronx, New York, USA.
File Trip report: Democratic Republic of Congo February 19 – March 7, 2003 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:53 AM
This document describes the author's findings on the impacts of water hyacinth on Congo River economic activities (such as fishing), ecology, and hydroelectric generation
File Presentation - Modeling Ecosystem Services (Water Quantity and Quality): Overview of WaSSI-CB and InVEST by Carter Ingram — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:46 AM
Presentation on the models used in the pilot studies.
File Tropical Land Use Change and Soil Carbon: Implications for REDD by Shereen Abdelaaty — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:53 AM
PowerPoint of Dr. Erika-Marin Spiotta's June 16 2010 presentation to the USAID Biodiversity and Forestry Seminar Series. Tropical Land Use Change and Soil Carbon: Implications for REDD. Presentation Summary: Soils contain two to three times more carbon than is found in above ground biomass and in the atmosphere. The release of soil carbon due to tropical deforestation and/or land use change is a major source of greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change, after fossil fuel emissions. Thus, understanding how soils respond to land use is important for evaluating the success of carbon sequestration projects. This talk presents results from field research and an analysis of published data from across the tropics to help predict the fate of soil carbon pools during different land use conversions. Emphasis is placed on the importance of different factors, specifically soil type, climate, method of land conversion, vegetation type, land use intensity, and time since conversion, on the response of soil carbon, particularly during reforestation.
File Social Dimensions of REDD+: Seeing the People for the Trees by Leif Kindberg — last modified May 12, 2015 05:30 PM
In 2011, FCMC sponsored an experts consultation workshop and two other events to assess the social dimensions of REDD+, the status of ongoing efforts, and issues needing further support.2 The experts workshop clarified the key social issues that need to be addressed as REDD+ is rolled out, existing resources and initiatives addressing these issues, gaps and how to fill them. The events have informed the ongoing social soundness work of FCMC and USAID. This brief highlights the key findings and recommendations.
File Mangroves in West Africa: A Policy Brief by Leif Kindberg — last modified May 05, 2015 09:51 AM
This brief provides information and recommendations for policy makers, researchers, and practitioners in national governments and regional institutions in West African coastal countries on how to improve mangrove management strategies and strengthen links to climate change. It is based on the outcomes from the West Africa Regional Expert’s Workshop on Mangroves and Climate Change, held in Elmina, Ghana from May 18-22, 2014. The brief presents recommendations to improve national and regional mangrove-related networks, enhance engagement of policy makers, clarify institutional mandates, and identify priority research needs. In addition to discussing the need to better understand the role mangroves can play in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, the brief identifies a need to value the critical social and economic roles that mangroves play in West Africa and to integrate these roles in future strategies and projects.
File Report: West Africa Regional Workshop on Mangroves and Climate Change by Greg Garbinsky — last modified Apr 30, 2015 04:03 PM
This report highlights the presentations and discussions at an experts' workshop on Mangroves and Climate Change, organized by FCMC and the USFS Office of International Programs. A related report titled Assessment of Biomass and Carbon of Mangroves in West Africa can be found here: http://cybergis.uncc.edu/westafrica/Report_WestAfrica_finalReport.pdf
File Payments for Ecosystem Services: Getting Started - A Primer by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:53 AM
This primer forms part of the activities implemented within the Global Strategy for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Follow-Up, and offers a starting point from which to assess the potential for PES in specific communities around the world. It also provides pointers for designing and planning PES transactions. Community-benefit driven, or “pro-poor” PES, is the main focus of this work. Specifically, this primer describes: The opportunities and risks of PES schemes for rural community residents in order to enable accurate feasibility assessments for applying these new market-based mechanisms, steps to developing PES projects, and resources for additional reference and reading. See RELATED CONTENT for Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese versions.
File Financial Incentives to Communities for Stewardship of Environmental Resources Feasibility Study by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:46 AM
Financial Incentives to Communities for Stewardship of Environmental Resources Feasibility Study
File Financial Incentives to Communities for Stewardship of Environmental Resources by Jean Brennan — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:54 AM
Financial Incentives to Communities for Stewardship of Environmental Resources Feasibility Study November 30, 2004. Report made available by USAID Asia Near East Bureau.
File Realising REDD: Implications of Ghanas Current Legal Framework for Trees by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:51 AM
Based on the current legal framework for forestry in Ghana, which is mainly oriented towards commercial timber production, it seems most likely that carbon stored in trees, the focus of many REDD strategies, will be classified as a natural resource and managed as an economic commodity, similar to timber. Other options for classifying or defining carbon are possible, and may be more appropriate given that significant amounts of carbon are also emitted from disturbed agricultural soils and from the destruction of aquatic ecosystems like wetlands and mangroves.
File Carbon and Land-Use: The Economies of Cocoa, Timber and Agriculture by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:51 AM
Ecosystem Marketplace Insights Booklet. This publication is designed to introduce practitioners to the carbon markets, in particular the voluntary markets, and the current climate for reforestation, afforestation and REDD projects generating carbon credits. It is a collection of articles and one book chapter commissioned by the Ecosystem Marketplace. These articles were compiled to serve as context and provide background for the Ghana Katoomba conference, held in Accra, Ghana, on October 6-7, 2009. The conference is the fifteenth in a series of Katoomba conferences designed to stimulate and strengthen environmental markets around the world.
File State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009: Taking Root & Branching Out (Full Document) by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jul 30, 2014 08:59 PM
To promote Forestry transparency and trustworthiness, Ecosystem Marketplace spent the past year speaking with more than 100 market participants – 65 of whom develop forest protection and restoration projects, primarily in rainforest nations, and 37 of whom act as intermediaries. These participants accounted for 230 projects generating credits across 40 countries over the past 20 years. The result is State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009: Taking Root & Branching Out, which is being released with support from the World Bank BioCarbon Fund, Biological Capital, Ecosystem Restoration Associates, and Baker McKenzie, as well as funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Surdna Foundation. This story was featured in News: USAID RM Portal Featured Stories on January 14, 2010.
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