Manual for Social Impact Assessment of Land-Based Carbon Projects

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This manual is designed to provide guidance to project proponents on the use of cost-effective and credible methods for assessing the social benefits and impacts of multiple-benefit, land-based carbon projects, including those validated under CCB (Climate, Community, and Biodiversity) standards.



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This tool is included in the Development Impacts Assessment (DIA) Toolkit from the LEDS Global Partnership.

Approach

The manual is organized into two parts. The first provides core guidance for project proponents and comprises seven Social Impact Assessment (SIA) stages or steps. The second provides a toolbox of methods and supporting materials like general data collection methods, a basic necessities survey, a participatory impact assessment, a quantitative participatory assessment, a participatory economic evaluation, a most significant change method, stakeholder analysis, problem trees, and scenario analysis.


When to Use This Tool

This tool is most useful for development impacts assessments focused on:

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Social

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Economic

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Environmental

Learn more about the topics for assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).

Key Outputs

The manual presents seven Social Impact Assessment steps, a toolbox of assessment methods and supporting materials.



How to Use This Tool

Level of Expertise
Simple

Key Inputs

General information about the proposed or existing project.





This Manual for Social Impact Assessment of Land-Based Carbon Projects is designed to help those who design and implement land-based carbon projects to credibly document the ways in which their projects affect the livelihoods of the people that live in and around their project site. Many of these projects aim to simultaneously deliver social and environmental co-benefits, and to be validated and verified against standards such as the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards (CCBA, 2008).

  1. Part 1: CORE GUIDANCE FOR PROJECT PROPONENTS
  2. Part 2: TOOLBOX OF METHODS AND SUPPORT MATERIALS

References

  1.  "Manual for Social Impact Assessment of Land-Based Carbon Projects"