Factsheet CCQI Commercial Afforestation

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Commercial afforestation projects have higher additionality risks than projects establishing natural forests as they do not solely rely on carbon  credit revenues but also gain revenues from harvesting. In addition, some carbon crediting programs do not require checking for new legal  requirements mandating the project activity at a later stage. Quantification methodologies for this project type are likely to lead to a low to medium overestimation of removals. The project type has material non-permanence risks as forests are in jeopardy of being destroyed or  degraded. Scores hinge on how carbon crediting programs address these risks. Afforestation is essential for achieving the transition to net zero  emissions. Sustainable development benefits for the project type are highly dependent on the context of the individual project.