Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, land use, land use change, and forestry account for approximately 33% of the global total. Root causes of these emissions are an increasing global demand for food and fibre, coupled with unsustainable land management practices. It is therefore widely acknowledged that the way in which land is used and managed has a major role to play in mitigating global climate change.
Sustainable Land Management (SLM) has the potential not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – by reducing emissions from biomass burning, biomass decomposition, and the breakdown of soil organic matter – but also to sequester carbon through practices that increase biomass production and promote the build-up of soil organic matter. There are, therefore, substantial co-benefits of SLM for climate change mitigation.
In order to realize these co-benefits, managers need to be able to recognize, monitor, and report the benefits of different practices in different situations: this will be addressed through Component 1 of the project. They need tools which are state of the art, reflect the varying needs of SLM managers in developing countries, and use newly emerging technologies (Component 2). They also need guidance to help choose the right tools to meet their specific objectives (Component 3).
Component 1: Training and outreach
The aim of Component 1 (Parts 1 and 2) is to provide training and outreach on the Carbon Benefit Project (CBP) tools, WOCAT, and LandPKS. CBP has three tools, a Simple Assessment, a Detailed Assessment, and a Dynamic Modelling option. The tools are available from www.unep.org/cbp_pim.
Part 1: to hold several (around five) large training events for GEF project managers, GEF programme officers, and other personnel. These will provide one-off training on using the CBP tools.
Part 2: to work in-depth with five existing GEF projects over the next three years to implement the CBP modelling tools. This will include:
Component 2: Enhancement of existing CBP tools
This Component will carry out a range of enhancements to the CBP tools including enhancing mapping tools, developing a database of country specific factors, and linking to carbon markets. It will also link the CBP tools to WOCAT and LandPKS, to develop a fully comprehensive set of tools for SLM managers.
Component 3: Comparative analysis of carbon accounting tools for SLM
This Component is led by the World Bank and will compare several different greenhouse gas assessment tools in SLM projects across the Bank/ GEF regions. The overall goal of Component 3 is to develop a resource that could be used by GEF and other natural resource project managers, to familiarize them with the available greenhouse gas assessment tools, and their advantages and disadvantages.
2016 - 2019
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