Carbon Neutral Planet GLOSSARY
Definitions for purposes of carbon offsets in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico:
•“CARBON SEQUESTRATION” means the effective way of reincorporating greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere that exceed the biomass and sub-soil and thus reduce the overheating of the land that this excess causes;
• “NEUTRALIZE” means to annul or weaken the effect of a cause through a contrary action, therefore to fight climate change with reforestations and other environmental services that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in addition to reducing emissions through personal and corporate conduct;
• “BASELINE” means the level of GHG emissions that have been removed, limited, reduced, avoided, sequestered, or mitigated in the absence of reforestation activities;
• “EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS” means any and all rights, titles, or actions for obtaining any type of legal, commercial, and other benefit (future or present) related or that result from the GHG emissions removed, limited, reduced, avoided, sequestered, or mitigated by reforestation activities in the plantation, above the baseline, expressed in “metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent ((tCO2e)”;
• “GREENHOUSE GASES” means one or more of the six gases listed in annex a of the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N20), hydroflurocarbons (HFCs), perflurocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluride (SF6).
• “THE KYOTO PROTOCOL” means the protocol at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), adopted in the third conference of the Parties in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, and all subsequent amendments;
• “REFORESTATION” means the areas of in hectares (and converted to acres) of reforestation in the property described in paragraph b) of the declaration of “the property owner” / “the ejido member” / “the property holder”.
• “CARBON LEAKAGE” occurs when laws or activities designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions implemented in one jurisdiction or project area lead to the shifting of the targeted emitting activities elsewhere, thus undermining the attempt to reduce emissions.