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  • EXPOSURE DRAFT

    EXPOSURE DRAFT

    EXPOSURE DRAFT

    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative— Avoided Deforestation—1.1) Methodology Determination 2014 I, Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, make the following determination.

    Dated

    Greg Hunt [DRAFT ONLY—NOT FOR SIGNATURE]

    Minister for the Environment

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    Methodology Determination 2014 2

    Contents Part 1 Preliminary 1.1 Name of Determination 5 1.2 Commencement 5 1.3 Authority 5 1.4 Duration 5 1.5 Definitions 5 1.6 Kind of project to which this Determination applies 9

    Part 2 Requirements for declaration as eligible project 2.1 Eligible projects 10 2.2 Location 10 2.3 Project area native forest 10 2.4 Evidence relating to project area native forest 10 2.5 Project mechanism 11 2.6 Regulatory additionality 11 2.7 Crediting period 11

    Part 3 Requirements for operation of eligible projects

    Division 3.1 Operation of eligible projects

    Division 3.2 Stratification 3.1 Stratification 12 3.2 Remotely-sensed imagery of project area 12 3.3 Land-cover assessment 12 3.4 Requirements for an exclusion area 13 3.5 Clearing buffers 13 3.6 Requirements for a carbon estimation area 13 3.7 Re-stratification of carbon estimation areas 13 3.8 Strata boundaries 14

    Division 3.3 Restrictions on activities 3.9 No commercial harvesting 14 3.10 Fuel wood, fencing and thinning 14

    Division 3.4 Net abatement amount 3.11 Operation of this Division 15 3.12 References to factors and parameters from external sources 15 3.13 Carbon dioxide equivalent net abatement amount 15 Subdivision 3.4.2 Baseline 3.14 Baseline 15 3.15 Recording baseline activities—deforestation plan 15 Subdivision 3.4.3 Data collection process 3.16 Pre-existing projects 16 3.17 New projects 16 Subdivision 3.4.4 Allometric equations 3.18 Allometric equations to be validated or developed 16 3.19 Validating or developing allometric equations 17 3.20 Step 1—Scope of allometry 17 3.21 Step 2—Determination of allometric domains 17

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    3.22 Step 3—Sample size 18 3.23 Step 4—Determination of plot design for tree selection 18 3.24 Step 5—Allocation of plots for tree selection 18 3.25 Step 6—Survey and random selection of trees for destructive sampling 18 3.26 Step 7—Size classes 19 3.27 Step 8—Destructive sampling procedure 19 3.28 Step 9—Biomass analysis 20 3.29 Step 10—Data exploration and analysis 21 3.30 Step 11—Validation of allometric equation 23 3.31 Procedure if allometric equation cannot be validated 24 Subdivision 3.4.5 Biomass survey 3.32 Determination of native forest biomass 24 3.33 Determination of root:shoot ratios 25 3.34 Step 1—Plot design 25 3.35 Step 2—Allocation of plots 25 3.36 Step 3—Pilot survey 26 3.37 Step 4—Number of plots 26 3.38 Step 5—Preparation of biomass survey 27 3.39 Step 6—Measurements within plots 27 3.40 Step 7—Biomass of plots 28 3.41 Step 8—Edge corrections for plots crossing carbon estimation area

    boundaries 30 3.42 Step 9—Validation of sample size 30 Subdivision 3.4.6 Calculation of baseline emissions 3.43 Calculating baseline emissions 31 3.44 Baseline relevant carbon pools 31 3.45 Step 1—Surveying requirements 31 3.46 Step 2—Calculating carbon stocks in carbon estimation area 31 3.47 Step 3—Calculating carbon stocks in carbon estimation area following

    clearing 34 3.48 Step 4—Calculating changes in baseline carbon stock in each carbon

    estimation area 37 3.49 Step 5—Calculation of emissions in each carbon estimation area in the

    baseline 38 3.50 Step 6—Calculating net baseline greenhouse gas emissions 40 Subdivision 3.4.7 Calculation of project emissions and removals 3.51 Calculating project emissions and removals 40 3.52 Project relevant carbon pools 40 3.53 Step 1—Project forest carbon stock changes in carbon estimation area

    resulting from disturbances 41 3.54 Step 2—Optional calculation of carbon stock enhancements 42 3.55 Step 3—Calculating project emissions 42 3.56 Step 4—Calculating total net greenhouse gas project emissions for

    reporting period and crediting period 46 Subdivision 3.4.8 Calculating net abatement amounts 3.57 Net abatement amount 46

    Part 4 Monitoring, record-keeping and reporting requirements

    Division 4.1 General 4.1 Application 49

    Division 4.2 Monitoring requirements 4.2 Monitoring for disturbance 49

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    Division 4.3 Record-keeping requirements 4.3 Information relating to project area and land cover assessment 49 4.4 Information relating to project eligibility 50 4.5 Information relating to remotely-sensed imagery 50 4.6 Information relating to biomass survey report 50 4.7 Information relating to allometric equations 51 4.8 Information relating to emissions and abatement calculations 52

    Division 4.4 Offsets report requirements 4.9 Requirements for the first offsets report 52 4.10 Requirements for all offsets reports 52

    Division 4.5 Reporting under section 77A of the Act 4.11 No division of carbon estimation area 54

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    Part 1 Preliminary

    1.1 Name of Determination This is the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Avoided Deforestation—

    1.1) Methodology Determination 2014

    1.2 Commencement This determination commences on the day after it is registered.

    1.3 Authority This determination is made under subsection 106(1) of the Carbon Credits (Carbon

    Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

    1.4 Duration This determination remains in force for the period that: (a) begins when this determination commences; and (b) ends on the day before this determination would otherwise be repealed

    under subsection 50(1) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

    1.5 Definitions In this Determination: above-ground biomass means: (a) the stem, stump, branches, bark, seeds and foliage of a living tree; or (b) dead matter attached to a living tree.

    Act means the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011. allometric domain means the set of specific conditions under which an allometric equation is likely to apply because the assumptions that underpin the allometric equation are satisfied. allometric equation means an equation that quantifies the allometric relationship between different dimensions of an organism.

    avoided deforestation project has the meaning given by section 1.6. basal area means the cross-sectional area of the stem or stems of a plant or of all

    plants in a stand, measured at a constant height above ground level. baseline has the meaning given by section 3.14. below-ground biomass means living biomass of the root system. biomass means vegetation-derived organic matter, and includes living and non-living matter. biomass fraction means the proportion of biomass in a tree component relative to the tree of which the component is a part.

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    biomass residue means the estimated biomass in an area following the deforestation of the area.

    biomass stock means the amount of biomass held in a native forest or part of a native forest. biomass survey means a field-based survey of biomass.

    carbon estimation area has the meaning given by section 3.6. carbon stock means the amount of carbon held in a native forest or part of a native

    forest. CFI Mapping Guidelines means the guidelines of that name, as published from

    time to time, and available on the website of the department that administers the Act.

    clearing means the conversion, caused by people, of native forest to a land use other than native forest.

    clearing buffer has the meaning given by section 3.5. clearing consent means approval to commence clearing required by

    Commonwealth, State or Territory law, issued by the relevant Commonwealth, State, Territory or local regulatory authority responsible for giving the approval.

    CO2-e means carbon dioxide equivalent conservation covenant has the meaning it has in section 995-1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

    controlled burn means the controlled application of fire within a carbon estimation area.

    cropland means arable or tillable land that is used for producing annual or perennial crops.

    debris pool means the biomass from trees cleared. deforestation means the direct human‑induced conversion of forest, on or after 1 January 1990, to non‑forest.

    deforestation plan has the meaning given by subsection 3.15(3). degradation means a detectable reduction in the biomass of the native forest in the

    project area where, notwithstanding the reduction, the area remains, or has the potential to remain, a native forest, and includes a reduction caused by management activities.

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