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Developing a Reference Level for Carbon Stock Enhancements

Technical Guidance Series: Developing a Reference Level for Carbon Stock Enhancements

05 January 2016

Carbon stock enhancement refers to the creation or improvement of the capacity of carbon pools and reservoirs to store and sequester carbon. Within the REDD+ context, activities that are considered carbon stock enhancement include afforestation/reforestation and forest management interventions to restore degraded forests.

This module offers a practical framework for developing a reference level under a REDD+ program against which management interventions that promote carbon stock enhancements can be assessed and credited. This module will offer a framework and general guidance on developing removal factors for enhancement activities, as well as how to pair activity data from enhancement activities with RFs to produce estimates of carbon removals over time.

This document is part of USAID LEAF’s technical guidance series on developing national and subnational forest monitoring systems for REDD+.