Forest destruction leaves a sobering visual, showcasing our impact on the environment. In fact, the UNFCCC estimates that forestry destruction activities account for almost 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the hopes of combatting this, The Nature Conservancy and Tropical Forest Foundation created a new Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) methodology which aims to encourage more carbon sequestration in forests to mitigate these emission sources. This proposed methodology constitutes the first ever performance method AFOLU methodology, potentially offering those who use it in a specified geography the potential to dramatically cut down on transaction costs.

The methodology aims to accomplish these goals by addressing a range of improved logging practices from three emissions categories: felling, skidding and hauling.

As with any proposed methodology, the first step in the VCS methodology approval process is to solicit public comments. To that end, I would encourage you to take a close look at the proposed methodology, and offer your thoughts on it, both pro and con. This comment period began on 14 January 2014 and will end on 13 February 2014: 
Reduced Impact Logging Practices that Reduce Carbon Emissions (RIL-C)
; The Nature Conservancy and Tropical Forest Foundation

A webinar describing this proposed methodology will be held on 22 January at 11 am (EST). Register for the webinar by click this link:

Comments on the methodology are invited and may be submitted by contacting the VCS at Comments must include a name, organization, country and email address.

Learn more about other methodology elements under development and the VCS methodology approval process.