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EX-ACT (EX-Ante Carbon-balance) Tool and Technical Guidelines. See EASYPol Module 101

EX-ACT (EX-Ante Carbon-balance) is a tool that provides ex-ante estimations of the impact of agricultural and forestry development projects on GHG emissions and sequestration, indicating its effects on the carbon balance. A joint venture, this tool has been developed by the FAO Policy Assistance Support Service, Comparative Agricultural Development Service, and the Investment Centre. The tool has undergone a peer review.

The EX-ACT Tool and its Technical Guidelines are now available on the EASYPol website, see EASYPol Module 210:

Ex-ACT Tool (xls)
Ex-ACT Technical Guidelines (pdf)
EX-ACT flyer (pdf)

The idea is to develop a complete EX-ACT user package, parts of which, including case studies and powerpoint presentations, are being developed by the EX-ACT team.

As 74% of agriculture’s mitigation potential is in developing countries, many forestry and agricultural development projects/programmes can play an important role in climate change mitigation, either by reducing emissions or by sequestering carbon.

In this context, the EX-ACT tool was recently developed by FAO to give an estimation of the carbon balance of development projects. This land-based accounting system informs carbon stocks and stock changes per unit of land, expressed in tCO2e/ha and year, mostly through the IPCC methodology. It works at project level but it can easily be scaled-up at programme/sector level.

It is an easy, cost effective tool to be used in the context of ex-ante project/programme formulation. It requires a minimum amount of data, and it contains resources (tables, maps) and helps users find any information required to run the model. The tool will guide the project design process (selecting project activities with higher benefits) and the decision making process on funding aspects, complementing the usual ex-ante economic analysis of investments projects. Thus mitigation options can also contribute to increase food security and reduce rural poverty.

For technical advice on the use of the tool, please contact:

Louis Bockel: louis.bockel@fao.org
Giacomo Branca: giacomo.branca@fao.org
Marianne Tinlot: marianne.tinlot@fao.org
Martial Bernoux: martial.bernoux@ird.fr

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