Laying the foundations for clean development: preparing the land use sector - a quick guide to the Clean Development Mechanism

Laying the foundations for clean development: preparing the land use sector - a quick guide to the Clean Development Mechanism

How to develop a land-use programme under the Clean Development Mechanism

This booklet provides information to forestry and land-use audiences, principally in developing countries, who want to find out more about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and how it affects their activities. The booklet:

  • introduces the existing policy and regulatory framework of the CDM
  • offers guidance on the eligibility of different project activities
  • lays out what countries can do to prepare for CDM in the land-use sector
  • looks to the future, providing insight into the wider implications and future developments of the CDM.

The process of developing a CDM programme is outlined as follows:

  • identify project and develop project concept note
  • quantify greenhouse gas benefits
  • develop a Project Design Document
  • host country approval
  • validation of the project
  • registration with the CDM
  • project implementation and monitoring
  • verification and certification.

The uptake, storage and release of carbon by terrestrial vegetation look likely to have increasing economic implications over the coming decades. The institutions responsible for land use will therefore need to begin to integrate carbon considerations into the other objectives of land management.

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