To Assemble Scientific Evidence in Support of the Unified African Position on Bio-Carbon

Published on 1 January 2010

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Start Date: 31 March 2009 | End Date: 31 December 2009


The Secretariat for the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have developed a comprehensive approach and a joint initiative to address climate change.

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), has been nominated by COMESA as the lead institution. ICRAF objective in this assignment is to assemble the scientific evidence in support of the unified African position on Bio-Carbon.

More specifically, ICRAF will perform various activities which will include the following:

1. Create a consortium of national, regional and international research institutions including CIFOR and ASARECA.

2. Independently verify and confirm the statistics and facts contained in the draft submission for the unified African position.

3. Produce GIS maps and tables of the distribution of current bio-carbon stocks in Africa and as a proportion of global stocks.

4. Assess and report on the potential capacity to sequester additional carbon by region and country, and as a proportion of global capacity.

5. Develop a system of monitoring, measuring, verifying and reporting carbon losses, land and forest degradation and deforestation.

6. Create a database of all forestry and agricultural carbon projects in Eastern and Southern Africa and document the best practices in community-based programmes and framework for benefits sharing.

7. Assess the potential of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) and new agroforestry products to contribute to African Biocarbon Initiative.

8. Provide technical assistance to East African Community and South African Development Cooperation on their master plan and forest initiative.

9. Prepare a framework for revising Clean Development Mechanism and recommend revisions.

10. Review and recommend modifications to the COMESA comprehensive forestry strategy to include the African Biocarbon Initiative.


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