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Winrock International’s AFOLU Carbon Calculator factsheet

Throughout the world, USAID sponsors land use/ land management activities that have direct, significant and positive impacts on the climate. USAID’s agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) programs help mitigate climate change through: (i) sequestering and/or (ii) reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

In cooperation with the USAID Global Climate Change team, Winrock International has developed a set of simple, user-friendly, web-based calculation tools titled the ‘Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses (AFOLU) Carbon Calculator’. This Calculator is designed to give USAID Missions and implementing partners an easy way to comply with USAID’s policy of mainstreaming carbon dioxide (CO2) reporting as an Agency-wide indicator.

The AFOLU Carbon Calculator uses sound and transparent science to produce yearly estimates of avoided and/or sequestered greenhouse gases emissions, reported in tons of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e). It also projects these benefits forward through time to assist in setting targets and help planning activities. The Calculator is not designed to provide the level of accuracy needed for carbon financing, but may provide an early indication of areas which have potential for such financing.

Download the factsheet here: Winrock International’s AFOLU Carbon Calculator factsheet

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