BioCF experts on a site visit to a project.

The ISFL aims to pioneer a comprehensive landscape carbon accounting approach as the basis for purchasing emission reductions. Part of the conceptualization of the ISFL stemmed from a growing consensus that there is a need for accounting for reductions in GHG emissions from land use at a large scale. This approach is intended to account for emissions across an entire jurisdiction and will thus consider potential emission reductions from forests, agriculture, and other relevant sectors that affect land use within that jurisdiction.

Existing international mechanisms, including BioCarbon Fund work at project-level, have demonstrated the possibility of accounting for GHG emissions on a project-by-project basis. The Paris Agreement recognizes that good practice methodologies accepted by the IPCC are the basis for national inventories and future reporting under this agreement. However, in many cases, international reporting is infrequent and based on data that are not always robust. The ISFL, therefore, seeks to build on this experience and develop—for the first time—a comprehensive carbon accounting approach that provides sufficient confidence to allow for results-based payments for emission reductions from forests, agriculture, and other relevant sectors that affect land use within that jurisdiction. 



ISFL and SilvaCarbon Exchange of Experiences on Land Use Change Mapping (March 2019)

ISFL Buffer Requirements (February 2018)

ISFL Emission Reductions Program Requirements (April 2020)

First-of-its-kind Comprehensive Landscape Accounting Approach (October 2017

ISFL Program Document Template (August 2017)

Presentation on ISFL ER Program Requirements related to Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Program Design Requirements


ISFL ER Program Requirements Workshop, March 2017

Workshop Summary


ISFL Methodological Approach Workshop, December 2016

Workshop Summary

Workshop presentations:

(i)  Introduction to the ISFL

(ii) Process to-date

(iii) Consultants’ report

ISFL Methodological Approach Version 1.0


Landscape Level Accounting Methodology Workshop, January 2016 

Workshop Summary

Annex 1 Concepts and Scope

Annex 2 Historic Data Availability (RELs)

Annex 3 Carbon Accounting Models (RELs)

Annex 4 Economic Spatial Analysis (RELs)

Annex 5 Remote Sensing Approaches (Monitoring)

Annex 6 Activity Based Models (Monitoring)


Terms of Reference for Background Paper and Analysis of Country Data to Support Development of a Comprehensive Landscape Methodological Approach


Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 


World Resources Institute Global Forest Watch

WRI Global Forest Watch