The Fair Climate Network Southern Africa has set up a Carbon Team that builds capacity of local NGOs, enabling them to identify, design and implement carbon projects.
The two main activities of the CT are:
1. Capacity Building.
The Carbon Team builds capacity of FCN SA member organisations in the field of project identification, design and registration. It also assists NGOs with the preparation for implementation and monitoring. This includes skills that are necessary from an organisational perspective, such as financial and legal skills
2. Project registration.
The Carbon team registers projects with the specific standard that matches the context and project type best, such as Gold Standard (GS), Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB), or the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The team will be responsible for registration procedures, such as production of the Project Identification Note (PIN), Project Design Document (PDD) and the first monitoring report. The principle NGO is responsible for the necessary field activities, making this a joint activity.
The local NGO is the 'project owner', which means that it implements the actual project and remains owner of the carbon credits. The Carbon Team acts as 'project developer', which means that it registers the projects. The developer and the owner need to collaborate closely to be successful.
The backbone of the activities of the Carbon Team is the capacity building service package, which covers the two main tasks as described above. These services are only available for Southern African NGOs. The initial focus is on South Africa, Malawi and Madagascar, but the Carbon Team is open for new opportunities from other Southern African countries.
A more detailed overview of the service package can be downloaded here
Administration and organisation
Besides the direct capacity building services, the Carbon Team carries out all organisational and administrative tasks of FCN SA (secretariat role). This includes facilitating organisations to connect to each other, facilitating exchange of information and knowledge, and communicating best practices. It also includes all communication activities, such as hosting of the website and writing of newsletters.
Gold Standard (GS) projects of Nova
The Nova Institute aims to improve the quality of life of low-income households.
Nova developed a voluntary GS methodology for its Basa Magogo projects, introducing an alternative ignition technique for domestic coal fires.
The first GS projects are now registered, and several others have been listed in the GS registry.