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1.1 Project start date and duration

Registration and Validation

The date of registration is the date on which a project moves from ‘Draft’ to ‘Under Development’ status within the UK Woodland Carbon Registry.  This is the date the project is approved by the Forestry Commission and Markit.

Projects registered after 31/7/2013:  Projects shall register in the period from 2 years before to 2 years after the project implementation date.
Projects registered up to 31/7/2013:  Projects with an implementation date 1 January 2000 or later may register.

All Projects shall be validated within 3 years of registration.  A validation extension will be given in extenuating circumstances. 

Validation Statements shall only be issued on the start date or later (ie once planting is completed, or for natural regeneration, 5 years after the start of fencing / deer control).

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.

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.

Last updated: 24th September 2014