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Tool, Date and Institute/ ProgramDescription
Technical Guidance Series: Forest Carbon Stratification Using NFI Data

Dec, 2013

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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. Stratification increases the precision of carbon stock estimates as it diminishes the sampling effort necessary, while maintaining the same level of confidence, because of smaller variation in carbon stocks in each stratum than in the whole area.

The purpose of stratification for situations where national forest inventory already exist is to optimally divide forest areas between areas with carbon stock similarity.

This is part of LEAF's Technical Guidance Series for the Development of a National or Subnational Forest Monitoring System for REDD+.

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Technical Guidance Series: Estimating Historical Emissions from Deforestation

Dec, 2013

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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. The definition of forest is determined by each individual country.

Key prerequisite decisions, data and technical capacity (e.g. hardware, software and experts) must be fulfilled as described in the ‘Technical Guidance for the Development of a Terrestrial Carbon Monitoring System for REDD+ Framework’ document.

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. The definition of forest is determined by each individual country.
This is part of LEAF's Technical Guidance Series for the Development of a National or Subnational Forest Monitoring System for REDD+.

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Technical Guidance Series: Activity Data for Deforestation

Dec, 2013

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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 carbon strata. The AD for deforestation will need to be tracked for the same deforestation activities or land cover transitions in both the historical reference period and the monitoring periods, along with any new deforestation activities not accounted in the historic period.

This module is applicable for estimating gross deforestation, defined as the long-term or permanent conversion of forest land to non-forest land. Key prerequisite decisions, data and technical capacity (e.g. hardware, software and experts) must be fulfilled as per the technical guidance for the development of a national or subnational forest monitoring system as outlined in the REDD+ Framework document. Experience in spatial analysis is an essential skill for applying this module.

This is part of LEAF's Technical Guidance Series for the Development of a National or Subnational Forest Monitoring System for REDD+.

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Technical Guidance Series: Emission Factors for Deforestation

Dec, 2013

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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 expressed on the emissions per unit area of change, e.g., tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare (t CO2e ha-1). The module is applicable for estimating gross and net emissions per unit of activity resulting directly from the conversion of forests to non-forest land classes.

This is part of LEAF's Technical Guidance Series for the Development of a National or Subnational Forest Monitoring System for REDD+.

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Decision suport tool: Integrated REDD+ accounting frameworks: Nested national approaches

May, 2013

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
This decision support tool provides overall guidance on establishing national-level REDD+ accounting frameworks within which nested or jurisdictional 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+ (Harris et al. 2012) to form a ‘package’ aimed at guiding countries through the REDD+ readiness process.

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Technical Guidance on Development of a REDD+ Reference Level

May, 2013

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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 design and implement a RL. Details on how to develop a FCMS and MRV system are not provided, however, it will be important for RL designers to consider how it will interact with these two components.

The manual is organized into multiple chapters that describe the several components needed to develop a RL. Although an attempt has been made to provide readers of various backgrounds to benefit from all chapters of the document, some users may want to focus their attention on specific sections most relevant to their responsibilities and expertise areas. The document is not a prescriptive step-by-step guide, but rather describes how the technical components of establishing a RL fits within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) framework and the best practices that can be used to produce transparent, consistent and accurate estimates of historic emissions with low uncertainties that feed into the RL projection.

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Standard Operating Procedures for Terrestrial Carbon Measurement - Vietnamese

April, 2013

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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.

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LEAF Decision Support Tool for Developing Reference Levels for REDD+

November, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
This is a draft methodological framework to help FCPF countries enhance their near term capacity for producing RLs/RELs as part of their eventual REDD+ Readiness Packages. The Readiness Packages are essentially summaries of countries’ efforts to achieve REDD+ Readiness after implementing the studies laid out in their R-PPs. This framework will serve as a guide to assist countries in understanding the steps needed to develop RLs, including what key decisions need to be made to start the process, what methods and data should be used, how to project the historic emissions estimate into the future, and what approaches are already available for developing RL/RELs.

The framework presented here is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather is meant to outline the decisions and steps needed to develop a RL/REL, the capacity, data, and technical steps needed to carry out each component. It is a practical tool that will be immediately useful for countries and analysts for designing not only a REDD+ RL/REL but also a REDD+ monitoring system.

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LEAF Draft Methodological Framework for Developing Reference Levels for REDD+

November, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
This is a draft methodological framework to help FCPF countries enhance their near term capacity for producing national forest reference emission levels (REL) and/or forest reference levels (RL) for REDD+ as part of their eventual REDD+ Readiness Packages. These readiness packages are essentially summaries of countries’ efforts to achieve REDD+ Readiness after implementing the studies laid out in its R-PP. This framework is needed to guide countries in understanding what methods and data should be used, over what timeframe, how to adjust historic emissions for national circumstances and what approaches are already available for developing RL/RELs. This framework should be used in partnership with the separate document Decision Support Tools.

The framework is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather is meant to outline the decisions and steps needed to develop a RL/REL, the capacity, data, and technical steps needed to carry out each component, and where appropriate whether an action can be considered as “no regrets”, i.e. countries can implement the action now with clear benefits to the country outside of the REDD+ process. It is a practical tool that will be immediately useful for countries and analysts for designing not only a REDD+ RL/REL but also a REDD+ monitoring system.

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Keeping REDD+ clean: a step-by-step guide to preventing corruption

October, 2012

Transparency International
This manual helps interested parties to understand and address corruption risks associated with forest carbon accounting – particularly REDD+ – programmes and strategies at the national level. Users will learn how to identify corruption risks and instruments to help address these risks within the development of national REDD+ action plans and strategies, and the implementation of REDD+ and other forest carbon projects.

This tool is principally designed for civil society actors who may work with other NGOs, governments and the private sector to help design systems that are transparent, accountable, responsive and thus effective.

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Forest Cover Analyzer

October, 2012

World Resources Institute
This tool enables users to assess forest cover change and risks related to sustainable palm oil production in areas of their choice in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) under Project POTICO, in partnership with Rainforest Alliance, SarVision, University of Maryland, Sekala, and Puter Foundation, this allows users to answer three basic questions about any area of their choice in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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Suitability Mapper

October, 2012

World Resources Institute
This tool enables users to identify potentially suitable sites for sustainable palm oil production. The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Sekala developed this publically available online application to allow users to replicate or customize the desktop portion of a method developed under Project POTICO for identifying potentially suitable areas for sustainable palm oil in Indonesia, and to identify priority sites for further investigation in the field.

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Destructive Harvest Data Entry Tool

September, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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 approach to regional database development, capacity building, and projected emission estimation.

This tool can be used in association with the Standard Operating Procedures for Terrestrial Carbon Measurement manual.

Please click here to download.
Tool for Estimating Carbon Emissions Factors from Selective Logging

September, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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 approach to regional database development, capacity building, and projected emission estimation.

This tool can be used in association with the Standard Operating Procedures for Terrestrial Carbon Measurement manual.

Please click here to download.
Manual Carbon Stock Calculation Tool

September, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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 approach to regional database development, capacity building, and projected emission estimation.

This tool can be used in association with the Standard Operating Procedures for Terrestrial Carbon Measurement manual.

Please click here to download.
LEAF Gender Mainstreaming Strategy & Checklist

August, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
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.

LEAF welcomes your feedback on this tool. Please send your comments and/or suggestions to LEAF_info@leafasia.org

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Standard Operating Procedures for Terrestrial Carbon Measurement

August, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
The purpose of this document is to provide standard field measurement approaches to assist in quantifying the amount of carbon stored within the various organic pools found within a landscape. The methods presented within in each Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) have been developed over time by foresters and ecologists to accurately and efficiently estimate carbon stocks.

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Enterprise On-Line Carbon Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) Toolbox

August, 2012

Carbon2Markets, UNEP Carbon Benefits Project
This toolbox supports an organization’s needs for developing, managing and reporting carbon projects at the national or project level. It provides an enterprise-wide solution of on-line tools for planning and implementing national forest inventory for carbon, development and management of carbon projects across all organization’s offices and units, and enterprise training and capacity-building. The Toolbox supports planning, tasking and implementation, and its distributed web-enabled approach allows managers in one office to communicate and interact with field offices and other offices or cooperators across the organization.

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Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user’s guide to a diagnostic tool

June, 2012

Program on Forests (PROFOR)
This volume provides a guide to diagnosing strengths and weaknesses in forest governance using a tool developed by PROFOR. The tool consists of a set of indicators and a protocol for scoring the indicators in the course of several workshops. Field testing in a number of countries has confirmed that this tool provides a flexible and relatively inexpensive method to trigger candid discussions and build momentum for reform.

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South and Southeast Asia REDD+ Atlas Version 1.0

June, 2012

Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)
The purpose of this Atlas is to provide 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. It includes maps and tables of a range of datasets relevant to REDD+ including forest cover, biomass carbon stocks, and carbon emissions from deforestation.

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REDD+ ToT Manual for National and Subnational-level Facilitators

May, 2012

RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests
This training manual has been prepared as an attempt to address the growing needs of capacity building for REDD+ in Nepal. The major objectives of this manual are to create a human resource base, which can facilitate the training and capacity building of the forestry sector grassroots stakeholders, preparing them to contribute in the evolving process of REDD+ and ultimately make them able to get benefits from the mechanism.

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REDD+ ToT Manual for Community-level Facilitators

May, 2012

RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests
This manual aims to train and help grassroots level facilitators to explain the REDD+ concept and climate change to grassroots level stakeholders, including project implementers, local communities and indigenous people. It has been prepared to address the needs of facilitators, helping them understand and explain REDD+ in simple language and also in acquiring skills in facilitating trainings in related topics.

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Putting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent into Practice in REDD+ Initiatives

May, 2012

RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests
This manual serves as a practical tool for trainers and facilitators to improve understanding of FPIC among stakeholders at all levels. Experience using FPIC in REDD+ implementation is still limited in the Asia-Pacific region, and there are few materials that explain and train practitioners in its concepts and practice. There is still subjective understanding of the terms and requirements of FPIC, influenced by both cultural interpretations and interests.

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Mapping tool

WWF-Indonesia , Eyes on the Forest , Google Earth Outreach
This tool maps forests, land use, carbon stocks, and biodiversity across the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Over time, it will make publically available a large and growing database of the land cover, land use, and land users compiled over more than a decade of working on the ground in central Sumatra. This mapping tool will also visualize Sumatra’s forests and wildlife such as rhinos, tigers, elephants and orangutan, providing vital information in the race to protect forests, save some of the world’s most important biodiversity and help local communities.

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Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria - Benefit and Risks Tool (SEPC-BeRT) Version 1.0

March, 2012

UN-REDD Programme
The UN-REDD Programme developed Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria to take into account the REDD+ safeguards agreed to by countries at Cancun and to ensure that its REDD Readiness Programme activities promoted social and environmental benefits and reduced risks. The P&C is also to help countries operationalise the safeguards agreed upon and to help reviewers assess the potential impacts of the national programmes. The P&C as it stands now consists of seven principles and 24 criteria.

This Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) has been developed to guide the countries in the preparation of their UN-REDD-supported National Programmes. This tool is to be tested in UN-REDD partner countries over 2012.

Please click here for more details.

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National Options for REDD+ Environmental Safeguards: Operational Guidance

February, 2012

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
This guide presents six categories of options for operationalising the Cancun safeguards. The guide maintains that safeguard compliance does not demand substantive policy innovation or adoption of new tools and technologies; forest management and governance practices need to be improved upon through REDD+ rather than overhauled or replaced. The options for national-level safeguard responses in the guide are presented in the context of delivering environmental co-benefits; however, they are equally applicable to social co-benefits.

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Making Benefit Sharing for Forest-Dependent Communities: Insights for REDD+

February, 2012

Program on Forests (PROFOR)
Forest-dependent communities will have to subscribe to the motivation and objective of REDD+ for it be successful and sustainable. But not all benefit sharing arrangements work equally well. This four-part volume aims to present insights for REDD+ initiatives gathered from experts and nine case studies. As part of this package, an interactive tool developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers aims to help countries identify benefit sharing mechanisms that work in their specific context.

Please click here for more information.

Please click here for the Assessing Options for Benefit Sharing Tool page.

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ToolDescription
Land use planning for Low Emission Development Strategy (LUWES)

December, 2011

World Agroforestry Centre - ICRAF
LUWES is a platform for developing a multiple stakeholder decision-making process to establish land use plans for sustainable development, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land-based activity while simultaneously maintaining economic growth. It can simulate emissions reduction scenarios within specific zones of a landscape, or across an entire landscape, in order to produce ex ante emissions reduction and opportunity cost forecasts. LUWES can accommodate the integration process between multiple modalities of land-based emission reductions (such as REDD+; Locally Appropriate Mitigation Action (LAMA); and the voluntary carbon market) at the planning stage across a common landscape.

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FORECA Toolbox Tools for Implementing REDD+ with a Mechanism of Direct Incentives Version 1.3

November, 2011

FOrêt engagée comme REservoire de CArbone (FORECA) Project
The toolbox provides tools that allow translation of national REDD+ strategies into local REDD+ incentives and activities as well as to provide information from bottom up for national monitoring. Thus the toolbox facilitates the planning and implementing REDD+ at the operational level.

The toolbox is addressed to persons and organizations seeking to translate a national REDD+ strategy into concrete activities in the forest and forest surrounding areas.

Please click here to download.

Further information: www.redd-foreca.org
Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment (SBIA) Manual for REDD+ Projects

September, 2011

Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), Forest Trends, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Rainforest Alliance
The concepts described in this manual are relevant to a wide range of site-level land-based carbon activities for both compliance or voluntary markets. This approach generates reliable monitoring plans, and helps project managers to develop strategic designs that can achieve both social and biodiversity objectives. It also ensures that stakeholders can understand the project and participate effectively.

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Multiple Benefits mapping toolbox

August, 2011

UN-REDD Programme
This customised ArcGIS 9.3.1 toolbox has been developed at UNEP-WCMC for REDD+ multiple benefits analyses. It provides both novice and experienced GIS users with a series of raster analysis tools to help identify, map and understanding the spatial relationship between ecosystem carbon stocks, other ecosystem services, biodiversity, land-use and pressures on natural resources.

Please click here for more details.
Building Forest Carbon Projects: Step-by-Step Overview and Guide

July, 2011

Forest Trends
This guidebook has been compiled to facilitate the development of forest projects around the world. Drawing on the experience of the Katoomba Incubator, this series of documents helps project developers understand key technical, social, environmental, and financial issues and points the way to key tools and guidance. Composed of nine volumes, the Building Forest Carbon Projects series is best accessed first through the Step-by-Step Overview and Guide, which outlines the key steps in the project development cycle.

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Climate Finance Impact Tool for Mitigation Draft Version 1.0

June, 2011

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
This tool consist of methodologies of quantitative evaluations of GHG emission reduction (sequestration), in order to facilitate consideration of MRV during the planning stages of country assistance strategies and individual projects in several sectors including the Forest and Natural Resources Conservation Sector.

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Tool on Opportunity Costs of REDD+ Version 1.3

March, 2011

World Bank Institute
The manual addresses the calculation of costs and benefits of the various land use alternatives in relation to their carbon stocks and the identification of economic trade-offs involved in REDD+ activities. As required data are generally not readily available, the manual also includes information on data collection, analysis and evaluation techniques.

Please click here to download report.

Please click here to download workbook.
Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: Principles and Approaches for Policy and Project Development

February, 2011

RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests
The principle that indigenous peoples and local communities have a right to give or withhold their Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) to developments affecting their resources is not new. Using relevant examples from a range of locations and sectors, this guidebook provides a basis for developing country-specific guidance on employing FPIC in REDD+ processes. This publication provides a basis for more specialized information and training materials, targeted at specific audiences in appropriate languages.

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ToolDescription
REDD+ at project scale: Evaluation and Development Guide

November, 2010

ONF International
The guide provides support to project promoters in developing REDD+ projects, and also investors or funding agencies in their assessments of these projects. It offers insights into existing tools and key questions that have to be addressed at the project scale. The guide also deals with crucial aspects particularly the definition of project activities, legal and organisational issues and economic and financial assessments.

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The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise

June, 2010

Forest Trends
This report describes the REDD+ Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE) methodology, and summarises the experience of developing and using it in three case study countries Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. ROSE is a tool for classifying and prioritizing potential REDD+ sub-national activities, and for assessing critical constraints to project development, especially those associated with the legal, political, and institutional framework for terrestrial carbon finance.

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Manual for Social Impact Assessment of Land-Based Carbon Projects, Version 1.0

May, 2010

Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), Forest Trends, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Rainforest Alliance
This manual is designed to help those who design and implement land-based carbon projects to credibly document the ways in which their projects affect the livelihoods of the people that live in and around their project site. Many of these projects aim to simultaneously deliver social and environmental co-benefits, and to be validated and verified against CCB Standards, or other multiple-benefit carbon standards.

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EX-ACT (EX-Ante Carbon-balance) Tool and Technical Guidelines

February, 2010

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
This is a land-based accounting tool that provides ex-ante measurements of the impacts of agriculture and forestry projects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration. EX-ACT was designed jointly by FAO - Policy Assistance and Resource Mobilization Division, Investment Centre Division, and Agricultural Development and Economics Division.

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TARAM (V1.4) - Tool for Afforestation and Reforestation Approved Methodologies

October, 2009

World Bank Carbon Finance Unit
This tool for Afforestation and Reforestation Approved Methodologies under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was developed by BioCF and CATIE.

Please click here to download.
Poverty-Forests Linkages Toolkit

2009

Program on Forests (PROFOR)
This toolkit aims to facilitate data collection and analysis that could shed light on the interplay of forest management and poverty reduction. The toolkit was created in partnership with CIFOR, IUCN, ODI, and Winrock International, on the basis of case studies in Guinea, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, and Tanzania. It is being used in the REDD readiness process to analyze the interrelation between livelihoods and drivers of deforestation.

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Terrestrial Sampling Calculator

2007

Winrock International
This excel file can be used to calculate sampling size for terrestrial sampling and estimate the costs of conducting sampling. This can be used for both baseline and monitoring measurements.

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Resource Desk

Global Canopy Programme, REDD Desk
The Resource Desk contains information about REDD books, reports, thesis, images, videos and other sources of information on the web. The Tool bar allows readers to browse and search the resources.

Please click here to view the resource desk.
REDD Countries Database

Global Canopy Programme, REDD Desk
The REDD Countries Database is a centralised and collaborative database of the diverse and rapidly evolving range of REDD activities in tropical forest owning nations. Organised by country, it summarises key information in multiple languages across a broad range of areas including policies, plans, laws, statistics, activities and financing. The REDD Countries Database does not attempt to assess activities or offer normative analysis but instead uses a common analytical framework to facilitate quick comparison within and between countries.

Please click here to view the database.
The Forests and Climate Change Toolbox

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
This toolbox has been developed to build understanding and technical proficiency on issues of climate change and forests including mitigation, adaptation, carbon accounting and markets, and biofuels.

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DOMAIN

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
This software uses GIS layers of environmental factors, such as climate, soil and land use, to construct an environmental habitat envelope or domain on the basis of points for the known distribution points of a species. The application then generates a map showing similarities across areas within the target region.

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TROPIS

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
The Tree Growth and Permanent Plot Information System, promotes more effective use of existing data and knowledge about tree growth in both planted and natural forests throughout the world.

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Guide to Participatory Tools for Forest Communities

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Participatory methods assist researchers, field practitioners and development professionals in involving local communities in decision making and research activities. This guidebook provides information on different participatory tools to help readers grasp basic capabilities, identify the most appropriate tool for their needs and find resources for additional information.

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CO2FIX V 3.1 - Model for quantifying carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
The CO2FIX stand level simulation model is a tool which quantifies the carbon stocks and fluxes in the forest biomass, the soil organic matter and the wood products chain. The model calculates the carbon balance with a time-step of one year.

Please click here to download the document.
AFOLU Carbon Calculator

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
This set of web-based calculation tools were developed by USAID Global Climate Change team and Winrock International. The tool produces one-year estimates of sequestration or avoided emissions of CO2. It also projects these benefits forward through time to assist in setting targets. This tool allows USAID to calculate the climate impacts of its agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) projects worldwide in terms of reducing emissions or increasing removals of carbon dioxide.

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Carbon Revenue Tool

GFA ENVEST GmbH
This model facilitates the choice between tCERs, lCERs under CDM AR and VCUs under VCS as potential assets a forest carbon project could generate, based on their project details. The Calculation of carbon revenues is based on the ex-ante estimate of the project's carbon sequestration. The tool was developed by GFA ENVEST under the QUEST JIFor Program and financed by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) of the UK.

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REDD Financial Feasibility Assessment Tool

The SOCIALCARBON , Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)
This tool can be used for any REDD project. The SOCIALCARBON Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) have developed this to help project developers analyze the financial feasibility of potential REDD projects.

This tool is available for download at:
CCBA
Social Carbon
IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (Volume 4 - Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use)

2006

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Volume 4 provides guidance for preparing annual greenhouse gas inventories in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Sector. This volume integrates the previously separate guidance in the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories for Agriculture (Chapter 4) and Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (Chapter 5).

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Guidebook for the Formulation of Afforestation and Reforestation Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism

2006

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Winrock International
The purpose of this guidebook is to serve as guidance for those interested in developing a land-use change and forestry project under CDM AR of the Kyoto Protocol. This has been prepared by Winrock International in collaboration with International Tropical Timber Organization.

Please click here to download.
Sourcebook for Land use, Land use change and Forestry Projects

2005

Winrock International, BioCarbon Fund
This sourcebook is designed to be a guide for developing and implementing land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) projects for the World Bank BioCarbon Fund that meet the requirements for the CDM.

Please click here to download.
National Carbon Accounting Toolbox (NCAT)

2005

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – Australia
This toolbox enables land managers to track greenhouse gas emissions to and removals to and from the atmosphere. The NCAT is derived from Australia’s National Carbon Accounting System (NCAS). Users of the NCAT can estimate changes in emissions resulting from changed land management actions, such as forest establishment and harvesting, soil cultivation, fire management and fertilizer application.

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IPCC Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry

2003

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
GPG-LULUCF provides supplementary methods and good practice guidance for estimating, measuring, monitoring and reporting on carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions from LULUCF activities under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4, and Articles 6 and 12 of the Kyoto Protocol.

The GPG-LULUCF assists countries in producing inventories for the land use, land-use change and forestry sector that are neither over- nor underestimates so far as can be judged, and in which uncertainties are reduced as far as practicable. It supports the development of inventories that are transparent, documented, consistent over time, complete, comparable, assessed for uncertainties, subject to quality control and quality assurance, and efficient in the use of resources.

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Miscellaneous1. Sample Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements (ERPAs)
2. Different Forest carbon standards and socio-environmental standards have approved methods and tools available for use for different forest carbon project types.

Please click here to view Standards & Verification page.

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