The Cost of Inventorying and Monitoring Carbon: Lessons from the Noel Kempff Climate Action Project

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The availability of cost-effective inventorying and monitoring systems is critical to the successful development of forest-based carbon offset projects. Based on our assessment of the Noel Kempff Climate Action Project in Bolivia, the largest pilot carbon offset project, we predict that monitoring costs are unlikely to exceed $0.25 per ton of offset. Yet this value will vary according to many site-specific characteristics, project scope, scale, and offset accounting methods.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Harvard University, Center for International Development, 79 J.F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, marco_boscolo@harvard.edu 2: Winrock International, Morrilton, Arkansas 3: Winrock International, Albany, Oregon 4: Winrock International, Corvallis, Oregon

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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