Tanzania Develops Tool to Assess the Costs of REDD+ Projects

5 October 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has announced that Tanzania has released a report on estimating cost elements of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

The report, titled "Estimating Cost Elements of REDD+ in Tanzania," is based on data of four REDD+ and sustainable forest management (SFM) projects in Tanzania in addition to an assessment of institutional costs of REDD+ at the central government and district levels. Project level data includes: cost-benefit information for the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the respective project areas (opportunity costs); data on implementation costs of project activities; and data on the costs for getting REDD+ projects certified according to carbon accounting standards (transaction costs).

The four projects that form the basis of the study are: the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative; the Jane Goodall Masito Pilot Project; and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group Mjumita Project in Lindi and in Kilosa.

Overall, the report reveals that the costs of REDD+ implementation in Tanzania are estimated to range from US$ 4.8-13.8 per carbon ton equivalent (tCO2) depending on the location and carbon sequestration rates. The main output of the project is a REDD+ calculation tool for use by project developers and mangers. [Publication: Estimating Cost Elements of REDD+ in Tanzania]