Measuring Climate Change Mitigation Potential for Ecosystem Restoration Projects

Measuring Climate Change Mitigation Potential for Ecosystem Restoration Projects

This document sets out the ethos, tools, and methods that can be used to provide a greenhouse gas
(GHG) balance estimate for ecosystem restoration projects, using a diversity of landscape restoration
projects funded by the Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) as case studies (covering a range
of different habitats and restoration activities). The project aimed to provide ‘real-world’ examples to
better inform decision makers by demonstrating at the policy level the benefits that can be delivered
by ecosystem restoration projects, as well as demystifying the process of greenhouse gas accounting
for ecosystem restoration projects.

The project assessed the suitability of two freely available tools for assessing the greenhouse gas
balances of ecosystem restoration interventions, their strengths and limitations. This document
provides guidance on using two GHG assessment tools, EX-ACT and the Carbon Benefits Project
toolkit, to estimate the climate change mitigation benefit of landscape-scale ecosystem restoration
projects and the activities they include.

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