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Uniform Reporting Format:

Activities Implemented Jointly Under the Pilot Phase

 

UNIFORM REPORTING FORMAT:

ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY UNDER THE PILOT PHASE

The uniform reporting format contained below is to be used in reporting on activities implemented jointly under the pilot phase. It is noted that the reporting should be consistent with decision 5/CP.1 and 8/CP.2 (reproduced in annexes I and II to this reporting format). The SBSTA notes that the uniform reporting format could possibly require revision in the light of experience gained and methodological work conducted under the pilot phase.

List of Projects

A. Description of project

A. 1) Title of project: Increasing carbon sequestration in planted forests in Viet Nam through the use of genetically improved planting stock, and modelling to quantify carbon sequestration of planted forests.

A. 2) Participants/actors:

Please fill in one table for each participant/actor. For individuals fill in as from item A Function within activity".

Item Please fill in if applicable

Name of organization(a):

CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products

Department:

Acronym:

CSIRO

Function within activity:

Finance and Project Implementation

Street:

PO Box E4008

City:

Kingston ACT

Country:

Australia

Telephone:

+61 2 6281 8211

Fax:

+61 2 6281 8318

E-mail:

ffp@fp.csiro.au

WWW-URL:

Contact person (for this activity):

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Surname:

Midgley

First name, middle name:

Stephen

Job title:

Manager Genetic Resources and Tree Improvement Program

Direct tel:

+61 2 6281 8261

Direct fax:

+61 2 6381 8266

Direct E-mail:

stephen.midgley@ffp.csiro.au

Item Please fill in if applicable

Name of organization(a):

Forest Science Institute of Viet Nam

Department:

Research Centre for Forest Tree Improvement

Acronym:

RCFTI

Function within activity:

Project Implementation Preparation

Street:

Chem, Tu Liem

Post code:

City:

Ha Noi.

Country:

Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Telephone:

+84 4 8362 280

Fax:

+84 4 8362 280

E-mail:

rcti@netnam.org.vn

WWW-URL:

Contact person (for this activity):

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Surname:

Ha

First name, middle name:

Huy Thinh (Dr)

Job title:

Director, RCFTI

Direct tel:

+84 4 8362 280

Direct fax:

+84 4 8362 280

Direct E-mail:

rcti@netnam.org.vn

Item Please fill in if applicable

Name of organization(a):

Hydrometeorological service of Viet Nam

Department:

Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology

Acronym:

IMH

Function within activity:

Implementation and Monitoring

Street:

Lang Trung, Dong Da

Post code:

City:

Ha Noi

Country:

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Telephone:

+ 84 4 8355 993

Fax:

+ 84 4 8355 993

E-mail:

ngkhieu@netnam.vn

WWW-URL:

Contact person (for this activity):

Surname:

Tran

First name, middle name:

Duy Binh

Job title:

Director

Direct tel:

+ 84 4 8355 993

Direct fax:

+ 84 4 8355 993

Direct E-mail:

Item Please fill in if applicable

Name of organization(a):

Hydrometeorological service of Viet Nam

Department:

National Office for Climate Change and Ozone Protection

Acronym:

NOCCOP

Function within activity:

Administration and Monitoring

Street:

57 Nguyen Du

Post code:

City:

Ha Noi

Country:

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Telephone:

+ 84 4 8228 974

Fax:

+ 84 4 8263 847

E-mail:

ozoneoffice@fpt.vn

WWW-URL:

Contact person (for this activity):

Surname:

Dao

First name, middle name:

Duc Tuan

Job title:

Director

Direct tel:

+ 84 4 8225 656

Direct fax:

+ 84 4 8263 847

Direct E-mail:

ozoneoffice@fpt.vn

Item Please fill in if applicable

Name of organization(a):

Hydrometeorological Service of Viet Nam

Department:

Acronym:

HMS

Function within activity:

Host country UNFCCC focal point

Street:

4 Dang Thai Than

Post code:

City:

Ha Noi

Country:

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Telephone:

+ 84 4 8253343

Fax:

+ 84 4 8260779

E-mail:

icd.hms@fpt.vn

WWW-URL:

Contact person (for this activity):

Surname:

Nguyen

First name, middle name:

Cong Thanh

Job title:

Director General

Direct tel:

+ 84 4 8253343

Direct fax:

+ 84 4 8260779

Direct E-mail:

icd.hms@fpt.vn

Item Please fill in if applicable

Name of organization(a):

International Greenhouse Partnerships Office

Department:

Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Acronym:

IGPO / ISR

Function within activity:

Government AIJ / CDM administration

Street:

GPO Box 9839

Post code:

2601

City:

Canberra

Country:

Australia

Telephone:

61-2-6213 7891

Fax:

61-2-6213 7903

E-mail:

igp.australia@isr.gov.au

WWW-URL:

http://www.isr.gov/resources/energy_greenhouse/igp/index.html

Contact person (for this activity):

Surname:

Stevens

First name, middle name:

Mark, R

Job title:

Assistant Manager - International Greenhouse Partnerships Office

Direct tel:

61-2-6213 7891

Direct fax:

61-2-6213 7903

Direct E-mail:

mark.stevens@isr.gov.au

a) Organization includes: institutions, ministries, companies, non-governmental organizations, etc. involved in the activity, i.e. research institutes associated with the project, auditors, government agency closely following the activity.

A. 3) Activity:

Item Please fill in if applicable

General description:

The project consists of two components.

The first component will establish a 5ha seedling orchard for each of two imported forest plantation species, and develop these seedling orchards for production of genetically improved seed for use in plantations within Viet Nam. Seed production from seedling orchards will enable 8,250 ha of A.crassicarpa and E.tereicornis to be planted over a five-year period. The established plantation will have a wood productivity 15% greater than routinely collected seed plantations.

The second component involves the collection of data on the growth of Acacia mangium plantations and using this data to calibrate the 3-PG growth and carbon sequestration model for Viet Nam. This will also entail the development of a gridded program to provide climate data to run the 3-PG model in Viet Nam. Example locations in Viet Nam will be used to test the model by predicting the growth and carbon sequestration in different regions. Training and technology transfer will be provided to enable Vietnamese scientists to calibrate and apply the 3-PG growth and carbon sequestration predictive model to other key forest plantation species. The models will be applicable, with only minor recalibration, to nearby SE Asian countries such as Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.

The genetically modified seed will improve sequestration rates and improve growth rates above what would otherwise have been achieved through other less productive species or poorer quality seed. The IMH and RCFTI will monitor the growth and measure the carbon sequestration of the improved plantations.

Type of project:a)

Afforestation

Location (exact, e.g. city, region,

state):

Ha Noi plus a range of field study sites and seed orchard locations throughout Viet Nam.

Activity starting date:

March 2000

Expected activity ending date:

June 2001

Stage of activity:b)

In Progress

Lifetime of activity if different from ending date:c)

The sequestration potential of the plantations (and the seed product) will continue well beyond the AIJ pilot phase.

Technical data:d)

  • Establish 5 ha of seedling orchards of two imported forest plantation species, A.crassicarpa and E.tereicornis.
  • Develop the seedling orchards for production of genetically improved seed for use in plantations with 15% improved wood productivity
  • Collect data on growth and associated site attributes across a range of sites and climates in Viet Nam.
  • Calibrate growth and carbon sequestration predictive model with data collected.

a) For example, using Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) classification: energy efficiency; renewable energy; fuel switching; forest preservation, restoration or reforestation; afforestation; fugitive gas capture; industrial processes; solvents; agriculture; waste disposal or bunker fuels.

b) Circle the appropriate option.

c) Methodological work will be required to define lifetime of activities.

d) Methodological work will be required to determine for each type of activity what the minimum data requirements are.

A. 4) Cost (to the extent possible):

Item Total Cost

Cost of the project in US$:

US$241,955

AIJ component in US$:

US$241,955

US$ per avoided ton of CO2 equivalent:

US$0.37 t / CO2

* Costs calculated on a project operation basis of thirty years

Describe briefly how costs are determined:

  • A$ to US$ exchange rate assumed $0.60
  • Project costs include all design, construction, training and equipment costs.
  • It is estimated that the project will sequester 5,878 t carbon (21,553 t CO2) per annum (see E.2).

A. 5) Mutually agreed assessment procedures:

Describe the procedures, including name of organizations involved):

The program will be undertaken by the Research Centre for Forest Tree Improvement (RCFTI) and the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (IMH) and include the monitoring of growth of the plantations, including sequestration.

a) Please ensure that detailed contact information for all organizations mentioned is reported under

section A.2 above.

B. Governmental acceptance, approval or endorsement

Bearing in mind that all activities implemented jointly under this pilot phase require prior acceptance, approval or endorsement by the Governments of the Parties participating in these activities, which shall be shown as follows:

(a) In the case of joint reporting, the report is submitted by the designated national authority of one participating Party with the concurrence of all other participating Parties as evidenced by attached letters issued by the relevant national authorities;

(b) In the case of separate reporting, the reports are submitted separately by the designated national authority of each and every participating Party. Information will only be compiled once reports have been received from all participating Parties.

B. 1) For the activity:

The joint reporting on this project has been endorsed by the project participants, namely the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Forestry and Forest Products, the Research Centre for Forest Tree Improvement (RCFTI), the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (IMH), The Hydrometeorological Service of Vietnam (HMS) and the International Greenhouse Partnerships Office (IGPO).

B. 2) This report is a joint report:

The presentation of this report and its contents are considered to be submitted as a joint report from the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Forestry and Forest Products, the Research Centre for Forest Tree Improvement (RCFTI), National Office for Climate Change and Ozone Protection (NOCCOP), The Hydrometeorological Service of Vietnam (HMS) and the International Greenhouse Partnerships Office (IGPO).

B. 3) General short comment by the government(s) if applicable:

C. Compatibility with and supportiveness of national economic development and socioSeconomic and environment priorities and strategies

Describe (to the extent possible) how the activity is compatible with and supportive of national economic development and socioSeconomic and environment priorities and strategies
  • Assist in the implementation of Viet Nams afforestation program
  • Will help secure the long term supply of genetically improved seed
  • Foster increased sequestration of carbon through increased tree survival, growth and wood density.
  • Facilitate the rural economy of Viet Nam by increasing the productivity of man made forests.
  • Contribute to the rehabilitation of degraded lands.
  • Calibration of the 3-PG forest growth and carbon sequestration predictive model for use in Viet Nam.
  • Capacity building through the training of local technical and scientific staff to enable them to apply the 3-PG growth and carbon sequestration predictive model to other plantation species in Viet Nam and in nearby SE Asian countries.
  • Capacity building through the training of local scientific and technical staff in tree improvement and seed orchard management.

D. Benefits derived from the activities implemented jointly project

Whenever possible, quantitative information should be provided. Failing that, a qualitative description should be given. If quantitative information becomes available, it could be submitted using the update(s). (If the amount of quantitative information is too large, the source could be indicated.)

Item Please fill in

Describe environmental benefits in detail:

  • Increased sequestration of carbon through increased tree survival, growth and wood density.
  • Rehabilitation of degraded lands.
  • Potential to improve environmental quality and expand Viet Nam’s forest area.
  • Potential to enhance existing carbon sinks in Vietnam
  • Reduced pollution and improved air quality
  • Reduced wind exposure

Do quantitative data exist for evaluation of environmental benefits?

Yes

Describe social/cultural benefits in detail:

  • Capacity building through improvement in the local forest management skills.
  • Improved natural aesthetics

Do quantitative data exist for evaluation of social benefits?

No

Describe economic benefits in detail:

  • Predictive capability for growth rates and carbon sequestration of forest plantations thus enabling Viet Nam to further attract investment in plantations.
  • Development of the ability to model plantations in neighbouring countries thus earning export income.
  • Increased land value through improved environmental conditions
  • Potential greater availability of alternative fuel source

Do quantitative data exist for evaluation of economic benefits?

No

E. Calculation of the contribution of activities implemented jointly projects that bring about real, measurable and long-term environmental benefits related to the mitigation of climate change that would not have occurred in the absence of such activities

E. 1) Estimated emissions without the activity (project baseline):

Description of the baseline or reference scenario, including methodologies applied:

The project baseline is considered as the situation in which there is no change in rate of carbon sequestration from the current situation. At present both A. crassicarpa and E. tereticornis are used in Viet Nam’s reafforestation program and the wood productivity of both species can be assumed to be 10 m3 / ha. At present seed stock is gathered from poor quality scattered trees or routine plantations.

E. 2) Estimated emissions with the activity:

Description of the scenario, including methodologies applied:

The seed orchards established would produce genetically improved planting stock of both A.crassicarpa and E. tereticornis, improving the productivity of the resulting plantations by 15%. It is estimated that the seed produced from the seedling orchards will be sufficient for an annual planting rate of 750 ha for A.crassicarpa and 900 ha for E. tereticornis. From this improvement in productivity, and annual planting rates, the increased carbon sequestration capacity of 5 years of planting can be calculated.

(750 + 900) ha/yr x 5 years = 8,250 ha planted

The additional stem wood production due to 15% increase in volume growth

8,250 ha x 10 m3 / ha x .15 = 12,375 m3 per year

Additional carbon sequestered each year in stem wood

12,375 m3 x basic density (0.5 tonnes / m3) = 6187.5 tonnes of dry stem biomass

6187 t x t carbon / tonne dry biomass (0.5 t / t) = 3093.75 t carbon

Converting to sequestered carbon in total biomass

3093.75 x 1.9 (conversion factor from carbon in stem wood to total carbon sequestered (IPCC 1997)

= 5878 tonnes of additional carbon sequestered per year.

= 21,553 tonnes of CO2 removed from the atmosphere per year.

E.2.1) Summary table: Projected emission reductions:

GHG

Over Project Year

A) Project baseline scenario

CO2 e

0

B) Project activity scenarioa)

CO2 e

-21,553

C) Effect ( B-A )

CO2 e

21,553

D) Cumulative effect (over thirty years)

CO2 e

646,590

a) Includes indirect GHG leakages.

F. Bearing in mind that the financing of activities implemented jointly shall be additional to financial obligations of Parties included in Annex II to the Convention within the framework of the financial mechanism as well as to current official development assistance flows, please indicate

Source of project funding

(For each source one line)

Amount

(US dollars)

Host Country 31,200
International Greenhouse Partnerships Office 129,070
CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products 81,685

G. Contribution to capacity building, transfer of environmentally sound technologies and know-how to other Parties, particularly developing country Parties, to enable them to implement the provisions of the Convention. In this process, the developed country Parties shall support the development and enhancement of endogenous capacities and technologies of developing country Parties

See Section C

H. Additional comments, if any, including any practical experience gained or technical difficulties, effects, impacts or other obstacles encountered

Annex I

EXTRACT FROM:

FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1:

REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES

ON ITS FIRST SESSION, HELD AT BERLIN FROM 28 MARCH TO 7 APRIL 1995

Addendum

PART TWO: ACTION TAKEN BY THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES

AT ITS FIRST SESSION

Decision 5/CP.1

Activities implemented jointly under the pilot phase

The Conference of the Parties,

Recalling that, in accordance with Article 4.2(d) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Conference is required to take decisions regarding criteria for joint implementation as indicated in Article 4.2(a),

Noting that the largest share of historical and current global emissions of greenhouse gases has originated in developed countries, that per capita emissions in developing countries are still relatively low and that the share of global emissions originating in developing countries will grow to meet their social and development needs,

Acknowledging that the global nature of climate change calls for the widest possible co-operation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities and their social and economic conditions,

Recognizing that,

(a) According to the provisions of the Convention, the commitments under

Article 4.2(a) to adopt national policies and to take corresponding measures on the mitigation of climate change apply only to Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties), and that Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties) have no such commitments,

(b) Activities implemented jointly between Annex I Parties and non-Annex I Parties will not be seen as fulfilment of current commitments of Annex I Parties under Article 4.2(b) of the Convention; but they could contribute to the achievement of the objective of the Convention and to the fulfilment of commitments of Annex II Parties under Article 4.5 of the Convention,

(c) Activities implemented jointly under the Convention are supplemental, and should only be treated as a subsidiary means of achieving the objective of the Convention,

(d) Activities implemented jointly in no way modify the commitments of each Party under the Convention,

1. Decides:

(a) To establish a pilot phase for activities implemented jointly among Annex I Parties and, on a voluntary basis, with non-Annex I Parties that so request;

(b) That activities implemented jointly should be compatible with and supportive

of national environment and development priorities and strategies, contribute to

cost-effectiveness in achieving global benefits and could be conducted in a comprehensive manner covering all relevant sources, sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases;

(c) That all activities implemented jointly under this pilot phase require prior acceptance, approval or endorsement by the Governments of the Parties participating in these activities;

(d) That activities implemented jointly should bring about real, measurable and long-term environmental benefits related to the mitigation of climate change that would not have occurred in


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