188.8.131.52. Specific Issues on Additional Activities
Some of the specific practices within the activities are explicitly included
in the Workbook, some could be included with minor modification (see Section
184.108.40.206), and some could be included only with extensive revision. For example,
in the cropland management activity, tillage practices are explicitly included,
whereas erosion reduction practices are not currently dealt with. The Fact Sheets
in Appendix A of Chapter 4 provide a brief assessment of the extent to which
the Guidelines can be used to account for the individual activities.
Chapter 4 also identifies the potential carbon net storage
of improved management within a land use, land-use change, and off-site carbon
storage. Activities with the greatest potential change in the aboveground and
below-ground biomass are discussed below.
Cropland management. The following practices are aimed at increasing
soil carbon or reducing losses of soil carbon: cropland management on non-flooded
soils, conservation tillage, increased crop productivity (i.e., carbon inputs),
control of soil water, and erosion reduction. This last activity is a source,
so the issues raised above about changes in stocks in 1990 are relevant. The
default assumptions in the Guidelines can be adjusted to account for changes
in cropland management. For intensive agriculture, these assumptions would be
the input factors for carbon inputs. For conservation tillage, the appropriate
factors are the tillage assumptions. There are no specific factors to deal with
soil erosion or irrigation, except through the use of input factors because
these values determine the carbon residues.
Grazing lands management. Increases of stocks of aboveground and below-ground
carbon could be accounted for in a manner analogous to that for ARD. Activities
that enhance uptake by sinks include those that increase tree numbers; activities
that reduce emissions from sources are those that reduce the intensity of grazing.
Non-CO2 emissions would be reported under the agriculture sector. Because of
the extensive nature of grasslands, the costs of measurement and verification
may need to be considered. Changes in fire management would require classification
of "management" because experience has shown that the current guidelines are
ambiguous. Although the Guidelines do not specify grazing lands, again the input
factors could be adjusted to reflect changes in this management practice. Any
grazing land under set-aside management would result in uptake of aboveground
biomass, which could be accounted for under the "abandonment of managed lands"
section in the Guidelines.
Forest management. The build-up of carbon in protected areas could be
accounted for if a definition of human-induced activity were to include the
act of protection. Agroforestry and forest management (fertilization, thinning,
etc.) could be reported in a manner analogous to ARD. The Guidelines can be
used for estimating changes in aboveground biomass. As above, changes in carbon
stock resulting from changes in forest management could be accounted for under
the calculation in the Guidelines for soil carbon and aboveground biomass. Specific
data for the assumptions-such as input and tillage factors-would have to be
generated, however, as would assumptions for aboveground biomass.
Wood products. If an activity that brings about changes in wood products
is included under Article 3.4, the approach in the Guidelines would not be adequate
to estimate such changes.