157-7 The Carbon Benefits Project the Component A Toolkit for Assessing the GHG Balance of Sustainable Land Management Projects.

See more from this Division: A03 Agroclimatology & Agronomic Modeling
See more from this Session: Climate Change Adaptations and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tuesday, November 2, 2010: 11:45 AM
Long Beach Convention Center, Room 103A, First Floor
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Mark Easter1, Eleanor Milne1, Keith Paustian2, Niels Batjes3, Carlos Eduardo Cerri4, Patrick Gicheru5, Melannie Hartmann1, Peter Kamoni5, Becky McKeown1, Ma Minxia6, Kris Peterson1, Dean Selby1, Amy Swan1, Michael Stocking7 and Stephen Williams1, (1)Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
(2)Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory/Department of Soil and Crop Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
(3)ISRIC - World Soils Information, Wageningen, Netherlands
(4)University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, BRAZIL
(5)Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
(6)Ninxia Finance Department, Ningxia, China
(7)International Development, Norwich, United Kingdom
Given the fact that human activities currently emit greenhouse gases (GHG) equivalent to over 50 billion tonnes of CO2 yr-1 and that approximately 30% come from land use and land use change, natural resource management (NRM) and sustainable land management (SLM) activities could have a large role to play in climate change mitigation. The types of land management activities covered by such projects vary widely and these activities have different C and GHG impacts. The Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) is building a comprehensive, standardized system for Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and sustainable land management (SLM) projects funded by other sources to measure, monitor and model carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with land uses such as forestry, annual and perennial crops, agroforestry, silvopasture, livestock, settlements and wetlands.  The system is being designed for projects varying in size from tens of square kilometres to tens of thousands of square kilometres. The CBP builds on existing GHG inventory tools, of different complexity, developed over the past 15 years at Colorado State University. We will demonstrate aspects of this new modular, web-based system which allows users to collate, store, analyze, project and report net C stock changes and GHG flux for baseline and project scenarios in SLM interventions. Existing SLM projects in Brazil, China, Kenya and the transboundary area between Niger and Nigeria are being used as test cases.
See more from this Division: A03 Agroclimatology & Agronomic Modeling
See more from this Session: Climate Change Adaptations and Greenhouse Gas Emissions