Offset National Emissions through Sustainable Landscapes (ONE-SL)

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) and the Office of Global Change (EGC) at the Department of State (DOS) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for the “Offset National Emissions through Sustainable Landscapes (ONE-SL)” Program, a cooperative agreement that will support the transition from project-scale Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) to jurisdictional and national REDD+ action in select countries to achieve greater emissions reductions and to utilize any excess emissions as marketable transactions for carbon offsets to commercial actors. 

The need for this project rests in the international movement in production, manufacturing, and service industries to create a carbon neutral footprint as a result of their operations.  ONE-SL advances the ability of developing countries to meet and exceed their national emissions targets in order to create surplus emissions (i.e., above national targets) creating excess and marketable emissions to sell on the carbon market.  As the emissions credits become available in the market from developing country forest and land actions, commercial industries are then able to purchase the credits to create an offset from their industries to achieve a carbon neutral position.  As commercial industries purchase the market credits, the resulting financial benefit to developing countries may be used to improve forest and land-use producing environmental benefits. The need for carbon market offsets is increasing.  For example, the United States was instrumental in achieving the concurrence of 192 countries that have agreed, under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), to move toward carbon neutral operations for international airlines.  Carbon market offsets will be an increasing need in international financial markets and this project links the offset credits with forest and land use improvements to result in both financial and environmental benefits for developing countries.

The ONE-SL program will identify select developing countries with project-level REDD+ activities that have the potential to be combined to improve carbon mitigation results and achieve accurate national emissions accounting in order to:  1) identify excess, country-level emission mitigation results (i.e., the mitigation of emissions above internationally agreed upon national targets); 2) to result in available and marketable carbon offsets for commercial actors; and 3) achieve important economic benefits for developing countries and environmental benefits within and beyond country borders.

Deadline: July 3, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

Application eligibility extends to U.S. non-profit/nongovernmental organizations subject to section 501 (c)(3) of the U. S. tax code, foreign not-for-profit/nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and foreign educational institutions, and to public international organizations.

Amount

$1,900,000

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

July 3, 2020