UNEP Launches Carbon Benefits Project
11 May 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre and partners have launched the Carbon Benefits Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Catchments in and around Lake Victoria have been chosen as a test case for calculating how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.
Under the Carbon Benefits Project, scientists will study projects in Western Kenya, Western China, Niger and Nigeria, and develop a system for measuring, monitoring and managing carbon in a diverse range of landscapes. These assessments will be key if reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is agreed as part of a post-2012 climate regime, as they could open the door to carbon storage payments for other kinds of nature-based management covering ecosystems such as grasslands, pasturelands, peatlands and mangroves. [UNEP Press release]