VCS AFOLU Project Market Leakage Module Opens for Public Comment

29 May 2014

This module can be used by AFOLU projects to quantify a market leakage value that can be applied as a component of the applicable methodology. The module assesses market leakage associated with the production of agricultural, livestock and forest commodities linked to markets.

This module quantifies market leakage based on the amount of leakage mitigation achieved by the project. This is designed to reward projects structured to reduce the amount of production displaced from the project area. Leakage mitigation can be achieved by increasing production within known locations through agricultural intensification, increasing commodity yields, production on marginal lands and decreasing demand for commodities. Any leakage mitigation achieved helps to reduce the amount of production subject to leakage, determined based on a baseline amount of production for the project. For production that would be displaced to other areas, the module uses a number of default values and project data to estimate the market leakage emissions.

Read the Module here