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:
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:
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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