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Building forest carbon projects: step-by-step overview and guide

This guide aims to outline key actions and considerations towards developing a successful and sustainable forest carbon project that produces emissions reductions marketable under the most widely used carbon standards. It complements existing guidance by drawing on specific tools and resources already available to project developers, and indicating where specialised advice might be necessary.

The document provides guidance on how forest carbon project developers can navigate the challenges involved in complying with standards of analysing and documenting carbon benefits; working through legal, business, and community relationships; and carrying out forest and land management activities.

It includes a comprehensive discussion around technical aspects of quantifying carbon benefits using rigorous methodologies detailed in a Project Design Document, as well as subsequent steps needed to independently validate and verify these benefits so that certified carbon credits can be issued.

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