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:
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:
We will consider an area has lost forest potential when:
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
We may ask for ACCUs back in certain circumstances:
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