Tasmanian Improved Forest Management
Forests Alive implement and manage three Improved Forest Management (IFM) projects in Tasmania. The projects include thirteen landowners who collectively protect 36,000 ha of native forest from logging activities. Altogether, these projects avoid 280,000 tCO2e of emissions each year.
The projects were the first avoided harvest projects in the world under the VCS standard. Forests Alive were also the first project developer to validate a “Grouped” project structure under the VCS. These projects undergo annual verification events to demonstrate the projects’ implementation.
The IFM project areas include a wealth of biodiversity. Most notably the area is a habitat for the endangered Tasmanian Devil and the locally rare Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle.
Due to rule changes under the Kyoto Protocol these projects were transitioned into the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Framework (ERF). This transition is the first project transition from a voluntary to a mandatory space. Despite this transition, VCUs purchased from the project area with vintages 2009-2013 remain verified emissions offsets in the voluntary space. The emissions avoided post 2013 are now audited under the ERF scheme. No changes have been made to the project’s goals, timeframes or verification periods.
New Leaf Climate, Community and Biodiversity Project
On behalf of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC), Forests Alive developed and offered consulting services for a joint VCS-CCB project on 12,500 ha of native forest. The project utilised the same Improved Forest Management methodology as Forests Alive’s other Tasmanian projects. The project was simultaneously awarded gold for the biodiversity benefits it delivered under the CCB framework. This was due to the overwhelming evidence of the project site supporting the Tasmanian Devil. This project also incorporated community outreach programs which are delivered alongside the carbon emission abatement and forest protection.
This project is now managed by the TLC.
REDD+ and BioTrade e-learning course
In partnership with UNCTAD, Forests Alive developed a set of guidelines for the joint implementation of REDD+ and BioTrade projects. These guidelines were presented in an e-learning course which ran from February- March 2014.
This work was an international collaboration between Forests Alive, UNCTAD and partners in Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia. For more information, please contact Beatriz Garcia or Lawrence Rimmer.
REDD+ and BioTrade
In conjunction with the e-learning course developed in partnership with UNCTAD, Forests Alive are developing opportunities in Latin America to implement joint REDD+ and BioTrade projects. The projects will demonstrate the importance of developing multiple revenue streams to protect forests, biodiversity and community livelihoods.