Public Consultation is Open for our VCS Methodology
Dr. Nan Pond
Dr. Nan Pond
31 March, 2022 min read

NCX is now working with our scientific advisors and other stakeholders on the next evolution of certification with a focus on transparency and 3rd party verification. We will share more information on this in the coming months. Learn more here.

Last year NCX started out on a journey to gain certification on a new approach to forest carbon offset  crediting. As a team who worked in forestry and consulted on forest carbon markets for the past decade, we saw an opportunity to improve outcomes for the climate and forest landowners through increased rigor and precision measurements.

In May of 2021 our Concept Note for a new VCS methodology was accepted and we are excited to share the next stage of our certification journey. The Methodology for Improved Forest Management Through Targeted, Short-Term Harvest Deferral is open for public consultation until 22 April 2022. The methodology enables the quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from deferring harvests for a specified time. It is applicable to projects in all forest types, including plantation forests, where appropriate data sources and quantification techniques are available. Our proposed methodology relies on a performance method for demonstrating additionality and selecting the crediting baseline.

The new methodology NCX is proposing innovates on the foundations of other methodologies and does this in multiple facets, including:

  • Tonne-year accounting
  • Annually updated baselines
  • Baselines set at a resolution aligned with the scale of forest management decision-making
  • Model-based integration of field measurements and remote sensing data for measurement and monitoring

As always, we welcome and value feedback. We are all on this journey together. You can learn more about the details of the proposed methodology by watching the recording of Verra’s recent webinar or email me questions to nan@ncx.com.

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Dr. Nan Pond

Dr. Nan Pond

Director of Certification
Dr. Nan Pond serves as the Director of Certification at NCX. She is responsible for ensuring that our natural capital products reflect the highest quality science as we hone our existing methods and expand into new credit types and new geographies. She is the recipient of the 2020 SAF Young Forester Leadership Award and has held multiple leadership roles within the Society of American Foresters. Dr. Pond earned a PhD in forest biometrics from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Science in forest ecosystem science from SUNY ESF.