Purpose Organization and Target Groups for the Handbook

A carbon mitigation project developer, a monitoring expert or a GHG inventory compiler requires access to a manual of guidelines and methods that provides practical guidance using a cookbook approach, describing reliable and cost-effective methods, sampling procedures, field and laboratory measurement techniques, calculation procedures, modelling and reporting protocols and so on. However, no single existing manual or book provides all the guidelines or information required for carbon inventory. The existing manuals and books do not describe different methods required for carbon inventory at project development, implementation and monitoring stages, nor do they adequately cover the modelling aspects of projecting carbon stock changes. Further, the guidance available in existing books and manuals is not project specific, and applications of remote sensing and GIS techniques are not described adequately. The means of access to and sources of data for carbon inventory are rarely addressed, and calculation procedures are often not included. A user may have to refer to several books, manuals and reports for getting complete information on carbon inventory. Despite the importance of carbon inventory for land-use sector activities or projects, no comprehensive handbook or a set of guidelines exists to assist those engaged in carbon mitigation project development, implementation and monitoring or national greenhouse gas inventory agencies or forest or grassland or agricultural development project managers.

This handbook is aimed at providing practical guidance in a user-friendly way on the methods for carbon inventory for a variety of projects and purposes.

• Carbon mitigation project development, implementation and monitoring in forest, agriculture and grassland sectors (e.g. projects under the Clean Development Mechanism or Global Environment Facility or those under the World Bank's Biocarbon Project)

• National greenhouse gas inventory in LULUCF or forest, agriculture, grassland and other land-use categories

• Forest, grassland and agroforestry development projects targeted not at climate change mitigation but at conserving biodiversity, improving soil fertility or conserving soil and water

• Commercial forestry and plantations meant for roundwood production

• Community forestry programmes requiring information on biomass or fuelwood growth rates or production

• Modelling of projections of carbon stock changes

Carbon inventories are prepared by a diversity of institutions, managers, consultants, experts and individuals, from academic and non-academic sectors. The target groups for this carbon inventory handbook include the following:

• Universities and research institutions with forestry, land-use and climate change disciplines

• Consultancy agencies involved in developing or monitoring forestry, agriculture and grassland-related projects

• Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in forest, agriculture and grassland mitigation project development and monitoring

• Donor agencies such as the World Bank and other multilateral institutions funding carbon mitigation projects

• Individual climate mitigation project developers in the developing and industrialized countries

• National greenhouse gas inventory agencies, inventory compilers and reviewers

• Developers and managers involved in roundwood production and land reclamation projects

• United Nations agencies and mechanisms such as the Clean Development Mechanism institutions, Operating Entities under CDM, carbon certification agencies and the Global Environmental Facility

• Forest service or departments and community forestry organizations

The practical guidance offered in the handbook is supplemented with explanations of the scientific basis for the recommended practices, methods, field and laboratory measurement and monitoring techniques, models and calculation procedures.

Chapter 2

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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