Pelican Coast Conservancy

 

Carbon Sequestration Validation & Verification

 

Carbon sequestration is the capture and storage of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases (GHG) can be captured at the point of emission or they can be removed from the air by plants. The captured gases can be stored in geologic formations, dissolved in deep oceans, converted to rock-like solid materials, or absorbed by trees, grasses, soils and algae. Carbon sequestration is seen as a viable mitigation strategy to help stabilize global CO2 emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change. So while we may have some questions about how we can reduce CO2 emissions, we know how to sequester more carbon. Don't cut down the trees!

 

In 2008 , a methodology called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) was developed. The principle behind REDD is that trees must be worth more standing than chopped down.  Developing countries should be able to access finance for efforts to reduce tonnes of carbon emitted through forest activities. Finance could come directly from funds or indirectly from the developing carbon market. While REDD originally came about as a means to reduce deforestation in developing countries, this strategy has been embraced by many in the United States.

 

Can perpetually protecting your forest provide you with a financial benefit above and beyond the federal tax deductions, and state tax credits associated with conservation easements? If so, just how much funding might it provide? In order to ascertain these things, a carbon sequestration validation must occur. The result of a validation is an opinion or statement explaining the projected GHG reductions. In short, how many tonnes of CO2 equivalents will your forest sequester over a given period of time. For more information, please contact us at info@atlanticcoastconservancy.org.