MODULAR GUIDES TO ACCREDITATION

 

Each guide consists of five modules that reflect the real-world process of designing and realising nature-based carbon projects, and is tailored to working in a specific environment. Our guides are based on the requirements of leading carbon standards and combine new and existing tools and resources into one cohesive workflow. 

Each module is divided into four areas: Legal, Socio-Economic, Financial, and Technical

  • Legal: Land tenure, carbon rights, operating frameworks, policy considerations.
  • Socio-Economic: Project structure and governance, reporting & transparency, social engagement, beyond FPIC (Free Prior and Informed Consent). Modeling and monitoring project effects on local economies.
  • Financial: Project funding, operating costs, financial models, offset pricing, identifying other income streams.
  • Technical: Applying an approved methodology, the technical design of project interventions, site mapping, carbon baselines.

Introductory content is applicable to nature-based carbon projects in general, and includes basic details of the voluntary carbon market. Our first modular guide is currently being developed for mangrove blue carbon projects and will undergo expert review prior to release. Guides are free to use but do require user registration and approval by the site admin.

The Fair Carbon Project expects all project managers in inhabited landscapes to respect the rights of local stakeholders, and provides models of inclusive governance as an integral part of our framework. 

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    Introduction to Blue Carbon Offsetting

    Introduces the key concepts of nature-based carbon offsetting, beginning at a basic level. Includes:

MODULE OVERVIEWS: MANGROVES

 

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Module 1: Pre-feasibility

Provides a framework to decide if a project is feasible before commiting time and funds to a viability study. Includes:

                      • Checklist for early-stage desk review
                      • High-level country readiness assessments & examples of legal operating frameworks
                      • Creating simplified financial models using default values
                      • Implementation costs to consider
                      • Examples of ethical management & inclusive governance
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Module 2: Viability

How to design a full viability assessment for a specific site or location. Includes:

                      • Checklist of key datapoints required to establish project viability
                      • Field sampling - establishing a carbon baseline
                      • Participatory mapping with current user groups
                      • Revising financial models and closing the funding gap
                      • Identifying the project proponent and implementing partners
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Module 3: Planning

How to produce a PIN (Project Idea Note) for submission to a carbon accreditation program. Includes:

                      • Checklist of data points required for a PIN document
                      • Understanding socio-economic conditions and project impacts
                      • Planning for alternative livelihoods and sustainable incomes
                      • Technical site mapping, zonation, elevation, hydrology, carbon baselines, and appropriate interventions
                      • Sourcing seed funding or developer deals
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Module 4: Development

How to produce a PDD document for submission to a carbon accreditation program. Includes:

                      • Checklist of how to expand PIN content to meet PDD requirements
                      • Practical resources for project implementation
                      • Setting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track project progress & success
                      • Best practice for monitoring, reporting, verification (MRV)
                      • Validation and accreditation
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Module 5: Ongoing Operation

How to maintain performance and integrity across the project lifespan

                      • Assessing the effectiveness of alternative livelihoods and tangible positive benefits for stakeholders
                      • Ensuring continual community engagement and support of the project 
                      • Third-party verification and credit issuance
                      • Annual reporting and transparency
                      • Planning for transition to other sustainable income at end of crediting period