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  • 1. The Carbon Benefits Project Modelling, Measurements and Monitoring The United Nations Environment Programme

2. The current situation

  • Anthropogenic emissions of GHGs (mainly carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) equivalent to over 50 billion tonnes of CO 2 yr-1
  • ~30% comes from land use and land use change

3. SLM

  • Sustainable land management interventions such as those supported by the GEF have potential to:
  • - reduce GHG emissions
  • - sequester C from the atmosphere

4. The Current problem faced by the GEF

  • Sustainable land management projects claim C benefits as GEBs
  • GEF has no standardized costs effective methodology to assess C benefits
  • A methodology is needed that is comprehensible, standardized and robust and applicable to ALL GEF projects

5. The CBP Project Aim

  • The Carbon Benefits Project (CBP:MMM) aims to provide a cost-effective end-to-endestimation and support system for showing carbon benefits in GEF and other natural resource management projects.

6. Who is involved?

  • A consortium from 2 established research groups:-
  • Colorado State University plus ISRIC, ODG and a group of international research partners from existing GEF SLM projects
  • Component A
  • WWF, ICRAF & Michigan State University
  • Component B

7. What will the system involve? Incorporating models, remote sensing and field measurementand supporting data storage and the management and reporting of C benefits.An integrated suite of tools, available from the web, to allow managers to measure, monitor and model Carbon Benefits above and below ground throughout the life time of any SLM intervention. + A tool box of best practice sustainable land management options for C benefits 8. The system will be:

  • Easy to use but also have the capacity for complex carbon & GHG accounting if needed
  • Able to help projects with little data, and projects with lots of data, to monitor C benefits
  • Produce estimates that are suitable for use in C markets if desired
  • Applicable to projects with a wide range of soil types, climates and land uses

9. Component A

  • Colorado State University
  • ISRIC World Soil Information
  • ODG University of East Anglia
  • CENA University of So Paulo
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
  • GEF PRC Gansu Project

10. Component A outcomes.

  • A cost-effective methodology for proving carbon benefits in GEF and other SLM projects, comprising a uniform protocol and accompanying web portal
  • GEF SLM projects measuring, monitoring, projecting and reporting carbon benefits in a standardized way


  • Existing GEF projects which are currently trying to measure C benefits will be used as test cases in the project to develop the system,

12. What will the project build on?

  • Component A
  • Modelling tools for the assessment of above and below ground C stocks developed for GEF and other funding agencies:-
  • The GEFSOC Modelling Systemwww.nrel.colostate.edu/projects/GEFSOC-UK
  • ALUwww.nrel.colostate.edu/projects/ghgtool
  • COMET-VRwww.cometvr.colostate.edu

13. System overview Other models 14. Provides guidance in developing a measurement program 1.Help select ground based measurement methods 2.Produce sample designs, field and lab methods and analysis 3.How to store data Other models 15. Other models Stores point basedgrounddata - Maintains time series measurements Allows users to download RS data and input their own RS data for above ground biomass estimates Feeds into the calculation module 16. Specify land management activities, in relation to info from project description module Other models 17. Options for calculating C stocks and GHG emissions Depending on level of detail required and stage of the projectBased on ALU, COMET and GEFSOC Other models 18. Costs, labour allocation, price, income Other models 19. Generates reports on C sequestration and GHG emissions for sinks and sources in baseline and project scenarios Other models 20. For Further Information on Component A contact

  • Dr Eleanor Milne(Colorado State University)eleanor.milne@colostate.edu