VM0027 Methodology for Rewetting Drained Tropical Peatlands, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use
10 July 2014
This methodology applies to project activities in which drained tropical peatlands are rewet through the construction of permanent and/or temporary structures (eg, dams) which hold back water in drainage waterways. As such, this methodology is categorized as a Restoring Wetland Ecosystems (RWE) methodology.
This methodology quantifies the reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions due to decreased oxidation of soil organic material that occurs as a result of project activities. Emissions from nitrous oxide (N2O) are conservatively excluded from this methodology since project activities increase the water table in comparison to the baseline, and thus such emissions will be equal or lower as a result of project activities.
The quantification of emission reductions is based primarily on outputs from the Simulation of Groundwater (SIMGRO) model which estimates the water table depth based on a range of input parameters such as terrain characteristics, peat thickness and climate variables.
This methodology is applicable to projects in Southeast Asia; specifically, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Papua New Guinea.