Identify your project area consistent with
CFI Mapping Guidelines and make sure this area meets the eligibility requirements in Sections 10–12. This means that eligible land will have a sequestration value that has been determined by the FullCAM model values.
Then, divide or ‘stratify’ the project area into a combination of carbon estimation areas (CEAs) and exclusion areas (Sections 13–15). CEAs are the areas of your project in which you will carry out the project management activities, where carbon will be stored, and for which you may be issued ACCUs.
The boundary of each CEA must be defined using the CFI Mapping Guidelines. Each CEA must be entirely within a single Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) region. You must identify the SA2 region using the Sequestration Value Maps to obtain the correct sequestration value for that CEA. Use the CFI Mapping Guidelines to ensure the map of your project area that identifies your CEAs meets the requirements of the method.
Your project area can contain one or more CEAs. However, only one type of project management activity can occur in each CEA (Section 14). A CEA may be a single area of land, or it can be split by exclusion areas (Figure 1). Exclusion areas are those parts of your project area that will not store carbon and where project activities will not be conducted. Rocky outcrops, dams, buildings, certain soil types and cleared forests and drained wetlands are examples. You can have more than one exclusion area in your project area, and you must show them on the map.
Because the offsets for a project are calculated for each CEA and then added up, and not averaged over the project area, you must stratify your project area into CEAs and exclusion areas before you apply to run a project. Section 16 outlines how you can re-stratify (re-define), add or remove CEAs as a project progresses.
Figure 1: Example of a soil carbon project area showing carbon estimation areas (1 and 2) and exclusion areas (3 and house paddock)
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