Guidelines for State Action in Tropical Forests

Guidelines for State Action in Tropical Forests

Adding tropic forest credits to a climate change regulatory program is often called Jurisdictional REDD+. Jurisdictional REDD+ is designed to operate across entire nations, states or provinces, covering an entire sector of emissions from forests. Below is our recommended checklist on adopting tropical forest credits in a jurisdictional REDD+ program:

PARTNER JURISDICTION CHECKLIST

  • Jurisdictional accounting with a reference level based on a 10-year average of annual emissions chosen from between 1995-2010
  • Measuring and monitoring both deforestation and forest degradation, with uncertainty levels that meet California’s minimum standards
  • Functioning comprehensive registry system for reporting and verifying forest carbon emissions and reductions
  • Demonstrated voluntary effort in reducing emissions (uncredited emissions reductions)
  • Framework for measuring and mitigating interstate leakage
  • Mechanism(s) for managing performance reversals
  • Legal infrastructure to clarify what entities can own emissions reductions
  • Strong social and environmental safeguards that meet global best practice standards, including a robust grievance mechanism

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