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Certifying a carbon offset project

A carbon market establishes a methodology. The methodology determines project boundaries, baselines, quantifies carbon flow, and quantifies overall GHG reduction. Each methodology has it’s own bureaucracy for getting certified 1.

While no methodology exists for quantifying bamboo carbon reduction, INBAR recommends using forest carbon methodologies1.

Methodology Short Description ORG
CDM AR-ACM 003 Large scale afforestation UN
CDM AR-AMS 007 Small scale afforestation UN
VCS VM 005 Conversion of low productive forrest Verra
VCS 007 REDD+ Avoided deforestation Verra

INBAR notes that for trading, China has certified bamboo under Chinese Certified Emission Reduction Scheme1.


King, C., van der Lugt, P., Yanxia, L. & Long, T. T. Integration of Bamboo Forestry into Carbon Markets. 13 https://www.inbar.int/resources/inbar_publications/integration-of-bamboo-forestry-into-carbon-markets/ (2021).