Wu'erqihan Inner Mongolia
Developer: China Inner Mongolia Forest Industry Group Wu-erqihan Forest Industry Company, Ltd.
乌尔旗汉, Wu'erqihan (pronounced woo-err-chee-hahn) is an improved forest management project covering 43,167 hectares of land in northeastern Inner Mongolia, China, specifically located in the poverty-stricken county of Olunchun Banner. The region and the project area have been utilized for industrial timber harvests for decades. Most of this harvest activity has been partial harvesting, but there have also been several clearcuts, including one clearcut bordering the project and covering over 10,000 hectares. The project has ceased harvesting activity inside the project area for the duration of the crediting period, allowing the forest to sequester carbon in lieu of executing a timber harvesting plan approved prior to the project start date.
70 Key Protected animal species find habitat in the project area.
Does the project have a net additional climate benefit?
Net additional climate benefit
Emissions reductions are calculated based on the difference between baseline, project, and leakage emissions. Pachama analyzes emissions claims to confirm that the project has a net additional climate benefit, and each credit represents at least one metric ton of carbon.
Is the climate benefit based on sound and conservative claims?
Pachama analyzes baseline emissions accounting to confirm that the reported baseline emissions are less than what Pachama observes with remote sensing.
Pachama assesses the project boundary, project emissions accounting, carbon inventory, and financial and legal additionality.
Pachama summarizes the project's reported leakage emissions accounting.
Is the climate benefit long-lasting?
Pachama quantifies emissions since the last verification to ensure the project continues to deliver a climate benefit.
Pachama characterizes fire and other natural risks and summarizes buffer pool contributions.
Does the project deliver benefits beyond carbon?
If a project occurs on community-owned land, Pachama confirms the community is fully informed of the project activity and impact, consent is given without coercion, and a grievance and redress mechanism is in place.
For ARR projects, Pachama analyzes native species planting, species diversity, regional suitability, and reforestation practices.
Pachama provides a summary of the project's awarded certifications.
The project activities contribute to biodiversity conservation and soil erosion control. Rejuvenating forests and enriching the people is the first priority for the development of forest areas, especially for halting commercial logging of natural forests in state-owned forest areas.
The project is committed to economic transformation. They have established a carbon sequestration management office employing five people and nine forest farms have set up carbon sequestration monitoring stations employing 45 people.
The project has identified 70 Key Protected animal species (based on the Chinese National Registry Class I and II), among the 412 species of mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians found in the project area. Protected species include sable, marten bear, musk deer, golden eagle, black-billed grouse, white stork, black stork, Chinese Merganser, white-shouldered eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, jade-belt sea eagle, red-crowned crane, hooded crane, Siberian crane, lynx, brown bear, otter, red deer, moose, and snow hare. There are over 617 plant species identified in the project area, including Chinese medicinal plants such as astragalus, fenfeng, and sophora flavescens.
Verification Report 2017