United Nations Environment Programme
environment for development
Carbon Benefits


About Carbon Benefits Project

The main objective of the project was to develop scientifically rigorous, cost-effective tools to establish carbon benefits of sustainable land management (SLM) interventions in terms of protected or enhanced carbon stocks and reduced greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The new tool:

  1. Estimates and models carbon stocks and flows and GHG emissions under present and alternative management, and
  2. Measures and monitors carbon changes under specified land use and management.

A standard protocol has been developed that is applicable to all projects involving interventions in natural resources management, such as forestry , agroforestry, agriculture and pasture management in all climate zones, soils types and land uses. The suite of tools, with full instructions on how to use them, is available from this website.

The project is being implemented by UNEP’s Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination (DGEF) and executed by UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) in association with two scientific consortiums, one led by Colorado State University (CSU) and the other by WWF.