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Crediting abatement – human induced regeneration and native forest from managed regrowth methods

16 November 2017

Activities allowed under the human-induced regeneration and native forest from managed regrowth methods are designed to achieve native forest cover of the land by encouraging regeneration.

We have developed an interim operational policy to clarify the method requirements for stratifying carbon estimation areas. A carbon estimation area must have a forest potential when it is first stratified and be regenerating during each subsequent reporting period. Our expectation is that areas with forest potential can and should reach forest cover by the end of the crediting period.

In accordance with the policy, we will consider an area to have forest potential at the time of reporting when:

  • it is at least 0.2 hectares and includes trees or saplings with the potential to reach two metres or more in height and provide at least 20 per cent canopy cover over the area, and
  • trees appear across the area, and
  • the boundary of the area is no more than two metres from the nearest tree stem for human induced regeneration projects.

For native forest from managed regrowth projects, the minimum tree density is met.

We will consider an area has no forest potential when, at the time of reporting:

  • the area is less than 0.2 hectares, or
  • the area it is at least 0.2 hectares and does not include any tree stems, i.e. includes only shrubs, understory or grasses, or
  • the trees that are present do not have the potential to attain two metres or more in height or crown cover that is at least 20 per cent of the area within the project crediting period.

We will consider an area has lost forest potential when:

  • it was previously included in an offsets report and showed forest potential but exhibits a similar or smaller crown cover at the time of reporting and five years has elapsed, or
  • the number of tree stems in a 0.2 hectares lessens such that there are no longer sufficient trees across the carbon estimation area with the potential to attain two metres or more in height with crown cover that is at least 20 per cent of the area.

Participants should carefully assess each carbon estimation area for compliance with the stratification rules in the relevant method every time they report and satisfy themselves that trees exist and growth can be detected in the intervening period.

The policy also highlights that participants must satisfy themselves that the data and information they submit in support of their claim for Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) is fit for purpose. We will adopt a practice of continuous improvement for evidence and use a risk based approach to verify selected projects or carbon estimation areas using the imagery and tools available to us at the time.

We have also published our interim posture for crediting ACCUs under these methods. We will issue ACCUs for carbon estimation areas which demonstrate forest potential (as per requirements above). Areas with forest potential that grow to reach forest cover will continue to be credited.

We will not issue ACCUs for areas that cannot satisfy forest potential requirements, or do not reach forest cover within defined timeframes.

We will not issue ACCUs to any project that does not satisfy all Emissions Reduction Fund eligibility requirements.

We may ask for ACCUs back in certain circumstances:

  • when an area has previously been credited, but later review of the area cannot establish that forest potential has ever existed
  • when you have sought continued crediting for a carbon estimation area where we are satisfied that forest potential was initially established but no further growth has been exhibited over one or more reporting periods. We may ask you for ACCUs back for the period where no further growth can be seen.

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