Introductory Guide on A/R CDM Project execution- Part 1

Afforestation and reforestation (A/R) is a complex class of CDM with only 27 registered projects across the globe. Out of these, five projects are from India. There are 7 small scale methodologies, 11 large scale methodologies and 2 consolidated methodologies for developing carbon credit projects in the Afforestation/Reforestation scope. As per my understanding, CDM operates around rules and regulation which are known as Modalities and Procedures in CDM technical terms. Following few paragraphs take you on the tour of A/R40

A test of the Janzen-Connell hypothesis on Syzygium cumini seedlings infected by fungal pathogens in the Dry Deciduous Forest of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Almost 4 decades ago Janzen(1970) and Connell(1971) proposed that one of the key factors in maintaining high tropical tree species diversity was played by the various host-specific seed and seedling predators, herbivores and pathogens. They predicted inexplicably high mortality of seed and seedlings close to the parent tree because of these natural enemies. Connell expected high progeny mortality under adult crowns because of herbivores which normally feed on adults. Janzen proposed that, in addition to such “distance-responsive” agents, density-responsive predators40

Forest Carbon- India’s first A/R CDM project

Project Title: Small Scale Cooperative Afforestation CDM Pilot Project Activity on Private Lands Affected by Shifting Sand Dunes in Sirsa, Haryana. Sr. No Introductory Information (Pre-Project info) 1 Exact Location Sirsa, Western belt of Haryana (255 Km from New Delhi). The Sirsa district lies between 29° 14″ and 30° 0″ north latitude and 74° 29″ and 75° 18″ east longitude, forming the western corner of Haryana, bordering the desert of Rajasthan in India 2 Area 369.87 ha 3 Implementation body40

Forest Carbon-ITC Social Forestry Project, Khammam

Project Title: Reforestation of severely degraded landmass in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh, India under ITC Social Forestry Project Sr. No Introductory Information (Pre-Project info) 1 Exact Location Khammam district, Andhra Pradesh, The project activity is located in the tribal belt of the catchment area of river Godavari. The site is located at the intersection of longitude 80°52’05” E and latitude 17°41’19” N 2 Area 3070.19 hectares 3 Implementation body The Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division (PSPD), Unit: Bhadrachalam of40

ICFRE can now validate and verify A/R CDM projects

Indian nodal agency for the national forestry research system, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun has been accredited by the United Nations- Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board to validate and verify CDM projects under the afforestation and reforestation sector.  The news came out just after the 59th CDM executive board meeting on 14th -18th Feb 2011 held at Bonn, Germany. Validation and verification of CDM project is carried out by the Designated Operational Entity (DOE). DOE40

Soil Aggregation and Glomalin Quantification in Bamboo Species: At FRI, Dehradun

Soil aggregation is one of the most important factor in carbon sequestration (Understand the complete process). It is defined as the process whereby aggregates of various sizes join together by means of an array of organic and inorganic materials. The distribution of aggregates is differentiated between micro-aggregates (<250 µm) and macro-aggregates (>250 µm). Aggregates physically protect soil organic matter. It also influence microbial community structure, limits oxygen diffusion, determine nutrient adsorption and desorption and reduce run-off and erosion. Among the40

The global carbon cycle is under the impacts of LULUCF activities

“Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)” is defined by the UN Climate Change Secretariat as “A greenhouse gas inventory sector that covers emissions and removals of greenhouse gases resulting from direct human-induced land use, land-use change and forestry activities.” The global carbon cycle is under the impacts of LULUCF activities. These activities can add or remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere contributing to climate change.  LULUCF sector can provide low cost GHG mitigation measures as compare to other sectors.40

Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) CDM projects

Forest is a sink of carbon. Immense potential of carbon mitigation through the carbon sequestration process, Land Use and Land Use Change (LULUCF) projects are globally introduced. On 11 December 1997 The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, and entered into force on 16 February 2005. The CDM was introduced to implement carbon reduction and sink projects under the Kyoto Protocol.  As a result, Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) CDM projects are coming to generate forestry carbon credits. In addition to projects40