Conclusions

Carbon inventory is required for all land-based programmes and projects. Five carbon pools have been identified for such projects, particularly for carbon mitigation projects and mechanisms as well as for a national inventory of GHGs. The ideal approach will be to measure and monitor all the carbon pools every year. However, in practice, such an approach may turn out to be neither essential - all pools may not be impacted - nor cost-effective. Thus, there is a need to adopt appropriate criteria to decide which carbon pools should be monitored and how frequently. Such criteria include the following:

• System of land use such as degraded forest land, natural forest, grassland and cropland

• Type of project including carbon mitigation, afforestation and reforestation under CDM, commercial industrial roundwood production and community forestry programmes

• Goal of the project, e.g. carbon mitigation, industrial roundwood production, fuelwood production, grassland reclamation and livelihood improvement

• Pool that will be impacted (all pools or only above-ground biomass or only soil carbon or a combination of pools) and the extent of impact

• Rate of change in the pool, either slow (soil carbon) or fast (above-ground biomass)

Ultimately, it will be for project developers and managers to make expert judgments on selection of the carbon pools and frequency of monitoring by using the criteria mentioned in this handbook and also taking into account the local conditions. The goal should be to capture the maximum impact on the stocks of carbon pools cost-effectively.

Chapter 5

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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