The Carbon Benefits Project provides tools to estimate the greenhouse gas impacts of land management activities.
It is estimated that human activities emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) equivalent to over 50 billion tones of CO2 yr-1. Approximately 30% of these emissions come from agriculture, forestry and land use change. Sustainable land management (SLM) projects have the potential to not only reduce GHG emissions, by reducing emissions from biomass burning, biomass decomposition and the breakdown of soil organic matter (SOM), but also to sequester carbon (C) through practices that increase biomass production and promote the build up of SOM. The Global Environment facility (GEF) finance a wide range of SLM activities in developing countries from reforestation and agro-forestry projects, to projects that protect wetlands or foster sustainable farming methods. The carbon benefits of these and other non-GEF SLM projects are likely to be considerable. However, at the moment it is difficult to compare the C benefits of different land management interventions as a wide range of different methods are used to measure them. Equally it is difficult for SLM activities in developing countries to gain the financial rewards they deserve from emerging carbon markets.
The Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) has produced a standardized system for GEF and other SLM projects to measure, monitor, model and forecast C stock changes and GHG emissions.
The system is end-to-end (applicable at all stages of an SLM project cycle), costs effective and user friendly.