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Technical Guidance Series

  • Developing a Reference Level for Carbon Stock Enhancements
    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... read more →
  • Forest Degradation and Decision Support Tool
    Degradation affects up to 100 million hectares of forest every year, which is nearly 10 times greater than the area impacted by deforestation. However there is very little guidance on how to detect, measure and monitor forest degradation. The Forest Degradation Guidance and Decision Support Tool fills this gap by providing guidance on how and when to monitor and measure forest degradation, and... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Emission Factors for Deforestation - Vietnamese
    This module describes the steps necessary to create emission factors (EF) for deforestation using existing carbon stock data. The output of this module is one component of a national or subnational forest monitoring system for REDD+. An EF  is an estimate of the change in carbon stocks   in all carbon pools  impacted by the land use change. Emissions resulting from deforestation are usually... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Emission Factors for Deforestation
    This module is used as a first step in developing a reference level for deforestation only that can then be combined with modules used to estimate historical emissions and removals from other REDD+ activities.  This module uses the AD-D module and the EF-D module to estimate historical emissions from deforestation, defined as the long-term or permanent conversion of forest land to non-forest land... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Module C-CS: Calculation for Estimating Carbon Stocks
    This module describes the calculations necessary to estimate carbon stocks and their uncertainty, based on field data collected in a Terrestrial Carbon Monitoring System for REDD+. The following guidance provide the steps needed to convert field measurements into mean carbon stock estimates for various pools and for estimating net change in carbon stocks. Guidance is provided on calculation of... read more →
  • Technical Guidance on Development of a REDD+ Reference Level
    This manual is directed at national and regional governmental staff and partners assigned to the design and implementation of the technical components of a national and subnational REDD+ program.  The document is also designed to provide technical guidance to potential project developers and implementers of REDD+ interventions. The focus of the technical information in this document is on how to... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Activity Data for Deforestation
    This module provides guidance for estimating the Activity Data (AD) for deforestation, i.e. extent of deforestation activities on the ground, using previously developed spatially explicit datasets. The output of this module is one component of a terrestrial carbon monitoring system for REDD+.  The AD are defined spatially based on the post-deforestation land use class and forest carbon strata.... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Activity Data for Deforestation - Vietnamese
    This module provides guidance for estimating the Activity Data (AD) for deforestation, i.e. the extent of deforestation activities on the ground, using previously developed spatially explicit datasets. The output of this module is one component of a national or subnational forest monitoring system for REDD+. AD are defined spatially, based on the post-deforestation land use class and forest... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Framework Document
    The purpose of this framework document is to outline the individual steps and technical components that together form the overall technical framework of carbon accounting for the NFMS implementation and RL/REL development. From this framework, users may identify specific modules that are most relevant to their responsibilities and area of expertise. This document is directed at national to... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Forest Carbon Stratification Using NFI Data
    This module provides guidance on the stratification process for the development of accurate and statistically rigorous estimates of forest carbon stocks based on available National Forest Inventory (NFI) data. Not all forests have the same composition, structure and carbon stocks; therefore forest carbon stratification divides the forest area into groups (strata) with similar carbon stocks .... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Estimating Historical Emissions from Deforestation - Vietnamese
    This module is used as a first step in developing a reference level for deforestation only that can then be combined with modules used to estimate historical emissions and removals from other REDD+ activities.  This module uses the AD-D module and the EF-D module to estimate historical emissions from deforestation, defined as the long-term or permanent conversion of forest land to non-forest land... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Estimating Historical Emissions from Deforestation
    This module is used as a first step in developing a reference level for deforestation only that can then be combined with modules used to estimate historical emissions and removals from other REDD+ activities. This module uses the AD-D module and the EF-D module to estimate historical emissions from deforestation, defined as the long-term or permanent conversion of forest land to non-forest land... read more →
  • Technical Guidance Series: Forest Carbon Stratification Using NFI Data - Vietnamese
    This module provides guidance on the stratification process for the development of accurate and statistically rigorous estimates of forest carbon stocks based on available National Forest Inventory (NFI) data. Not all forests have the same composition, structure and carbon stocks; therefore forest carbon stratification divides the forest area into groups (strata) with similar carbon stocks.... read more →
  • Technical Guidance on Development of a REDD+ Reference Level
    This manual is directed at national and regional governmental staff and partners assigned to the design and implementation of the technical components of a national and subnational REDD+ program.  The document is also designed to provide technical guidance to potential project developers and implementers of REDD+ interventions. The focus of the technical information in this document is on how to... read more →

Gender

  • LEAF Gender Mainstreaming Strategy & Checklist
    This document presents LEAF's gender integration strategy along with a checklist to implement and monitor gender issues in LEAF programming. It is meant to primarily serve as a guide for LEAF and regional country teams to better mainstream gender into LEAF's interventions. Please click here to access additional gender-related resources, and here to learn more about LEAF's work in gender... read more →

Terrestrial Carbon Assessment

  • Winrock Standard Operating Procedures for Terrestrial Carbon Measurement
    The active and important role vegetation and soil play in the global carbon cycle and global climate change is now internationally recognized. Vegetation and soil can act as both a net source and a net sink of greenhouse gas (GHG), depending on how the land is managed. Alterations in land use management techniques that result in changes to net GHG emissions are now a significant component to the... read more →
  • Participatory Carbon Monitoring: Operational Guidance for National REDD+ Carbon Accounting
    This operational guidance document describes the potential benefits and limitations of participatory carbon monitoring (PCM), as well as the roles and key functions of stakeholder groups in PCM for national REDD+ carbon accounting.
  • Estimating Carbon Emissions Factors from Selective Logging
    This tool is part of the LEAF-produced Terrestrial Carbon Assessment Toolkit, which provides step-by-step requirements to estimate terrestrial carbon stocks and emission factors from various land cover types; critical for any climate change mitigation effort.  This toolkit provides the most up-to-date methods used to estimate carbon stocks and emissions, which will allow for a more seamless... read more →
  • Destructive Harvest Data Entry Tool
    This tool is part of the LEAF-produced Terrestrial Carbon Assessment Toolkit, which provides step-by-step requirements to estimate terrestrial carbon stocks and emission factors from various land cover types; critical for any climate change mitigation effort.  This toolkit provides the most up-to-date methods used to estimate carbon stocks and emissions, which will allow for a more seamless... read more →
  • Manual Carbon Stock Calculation Tool
    This tool is part of the LEAF-produced Terrestrial Carbon Assessment Toolkit, which provides step-by-step requirements to estimate terrestrial carbon stocks and emission factors from various land cover types; critical for any climate change mitigation effort.  This toolkit provides the most up-to-date methods used to estimate carbon stocks and emissions, which will allow for a more seamless... read more →
  • Terrestrial Carbon Measurement SOP - Vietnamese
    This manual provides standardized field measurements, based on proven field methods, for quantifying carbon emissions and removals from changes in the use and management of lands. These procedures are a key component of a quality assurance and quality control plan needed to provide confidence in results of climate mitigation activities on the land.   The manual is a culmination of years of... read more →
  • Terrestrial Carbon Measurement SOP - English
    This manual provides standardized field measurements, based on proven field methods, for quantifying carbon emissions and removals from changes in the use and management of lands. These procedures are a key component of a quality assurance and quality control plan needed to provide confidence in results of climate mitigation activities on the land. The manual is a culmination of years of research... read more →

Policy Development

  • Developing Forestry and Land Use Policy
    Reform of forestry and land use policy offers the opportunity to build resilience against climate change and associated environmental shocks, support climate change mitigation, and improve local level forest and land management. To formulate policy that can be successfully implemented in meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders, governments must adopt procedures that facilitate awareness... read more →
  • Decision Support Tool on Incentive Allocation for REDD+ Accounting
    Under the UNFCCC, REDD+ countries are required to develop approaches that operate at national scale. Many countries already have in place or are establishing subnational and project-level REDD+ activities for building capacity for REDD+ implementation or generating early emissions reductions and removals in defined geographical or administrative areas. To move towards a complete national REDD+... read more →
  • Integrating REDD+ accounting within a nested approach
    In many countries that are pursuing REDD+, subnational and project level REDD+ initiatives are being established to build capacity and achieve early emissions reductions and removals.  As national level REDD+ mechanisms are established, integration of subnational and project initiatives into the national system will be required so as to avoid disparities in accounting and allocation of incentives... read more →
  • Decision Support Tool: Identifying and Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation
    In the face of increasing pressures on forests, many countries have begun to explore REDD+ as a mechanism to provide finance for maintaining forest cover and reducing emissions from the forestry sector. With imminent establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, the importance of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions by means of effective policies and measures has been highlighted in... read more →
  • Guidelines for Stratification for REDD+: Using a National Inventory
    Engaging in REDD+ and seeking to take part in the opportunities and benefits of REDD+ requires credible scientifically-based estimates of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases from human-induced activities that change the cover and use of forest lands. This means data have to be collected on the extent of areas affected by human-induced activities that promote land cover change. The focus of... read more →
  • Decision support tool: Integrated REDD+ accounting frameworks: Nested national approaches
    This decision support tool provides overall guidance on establishing national-level REDD+ accounting frameworks within which project or subnational approaches are integrated.  The tool complements information provided in the LEAF Technical Guidance on Development of a REDD+ Reference Level (Walker et al. 2012) and the Winrock/FCPF Decision Support Tool for Developing Reference Levels for REDD+ (... read more →

Regional Atlas

  • LEAF South and Southeast Asia REDD+ Atlas
    The LEAF Atlas provides a standardized source of information for the larger South and Southeast Asia region by presenting a comprehensive collection of the most relevant, current and trusted datasets available to the public.  The atlas includes maps and tables of a range of data sets relevant to REDD+ including forest cover, biomass carbon stocks, and carbon emissions from deforestation.  In... read more →