1.1 Key project dates

Requirement

Registration and validation

Project start dates

Project duration

Project end date

Requirement

  • Projects shall register in the period from 2 years before to 2 years after the project implementation date.
  • Single projects shall be validated within 3 years of registration.  For groups, projects can be added to a group (subject to group rules) up to the point of validation.  Group validation shall be carried out within three years of the date of the first registration within the group.  A validation extension will be given in extenuating circumstances.
  • Validation Statements shall only be issued once planting is completed.
  • Projects shall have a clearly defined duration and shall not exceed 100 years.

This requirement is only checked at validation unless changes are made to the project duration.

Registration and Validation

The project implementation date is the date when tree planting begins, or for natural regeneration, the date when fencing or deer control begins.  For a project with a combination of planting and natural regeneration, the project implementation date will be the earliest of the two dates.

The date of registration is the date on which a project moves from ‘Draft’ to ‘Under Development’ status on the UK Woodland Carbon Registry.  This is the date the project is approved by the WCC Secretariat and Markit.  Ideally, projects will be registered prior to their implementation, providing proof that the possibility of carbon income was considered at the planning stage.  This provides clarity on the additionality of the project.  If projects register after tree planting has started, then the project developer will have to supply evidence to confirm that carbon finance/offsetting was considered in the planning stages of the project (for example the inclusion in minutes of board meetings or planning documents).

Project start dates

The project implementation date is the date when planting begins, or for natural regeneration, the date when fencing or deer control begins.  For a project with a combination of planting and natural regeneration, the project implementation date will be the earliest of the two dates.

The project start date is the last day of planting, or for natural regeneration, 5 years after the project implementation date.  For a project with a combination of planting and natural regeneration, the project start date will be the latest of the two dates.  Carbon sequestration is claimed from the start date.

For groups of projects validated together, the group start date is the latest start date of the constituent projects. Carbon sequestration is claimed from the group start date.

Project duration

The project duration is the time over which carbon sequestration claims are to be made.  The duration can be up to 100 years from the project start date, but many schemes claim carbon for a shorter period (eg 40 years for a conifer clearfell project or 65-75 years for a native woodland project with minimum intervention).

Project end date

The project end date is the project start date + project duration.  E.g. if project start date is 01/04/2013 and duration is 100 years then end date is 31/3/2113.

The project duration should not be confused with permanence.  All projects shall involve a permanent land-use change to woodland cover.

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