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How to show a project area had trees at 31 December 1989 with potential to become forest

14 November 2017

Guidance available

Please note that the Clean Energy Regulator has reviewed the method rules and developed an documentasset:Operational policy on crediting for NFMR and HIR projects and documentasset:Interim posture on crediting for NFMR and HIR projects as guidance to help project participants understand what we will assess when considering whether to credit abatement with Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs).

The definition of 'native forest' is relevant to what areas of land can be included in carbon estimation areas for projects using the Avoided Deforestation methodology determination 2013.

Within this definition is provision for including land with trees that had the potential at 31 December 1989 to become forest. Such areas may not be apparent in the 1989 Forest Layer in the CFI Mapping Tool​.

If a proponent wishes to include an area that does not appear unambiguously as forest in the 1989 Forest Layer, the proponent must provide evidence to the Regulator's satisfaction. This evidence should demonstrate that the trees:

  • are of an age that means they were present at 31 December 1989
  • are species that reflect the appropriate vegetation community and have achieved or have the potential to achieve 2 metres in height
  • were of sufficient density at 31 December 1989 to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy cover.

Various types of evidence may help to demonstrate forest potential at 31 December 1989. Evidence provided should include time stamped imagery, and one or more of the following:

  • results of biomass surveys
  • data analysis from biomass surveys
  • analysis of growth rates for the species identified and in the densities demonstrated
  • sequential time stamped imagery series
  • spatial analysis of imagery

This list is not exhaustive and other forms of evidence may be considered providing it is unambiguous and can be reliably dated and located.

To read the full 'native forest' definition, see Part 1, Section 5 of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

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