What is the Field Protocol?
The Peatland Protocol requires that any project must endeavour to collect data from the field at various key stages in the project. This data is needed to ensure the eligibility of the project and to provide validation and verification data to support the calculation of carbon credits.
The Field Protocol gives guidance to Project Developers regarding the data required and when it is needed.
Peatland Protocol: Summary of Approach
Peatland Protocol: Typical Project Timeline
Field Protocol: Main Elements
Site Assessment Map
Before any fieldwork begins, a map of the site must be produced to form a basis for the fieldwork. This site assessment map will, as minimum, contain the gross project area and the location and extent of the eligible peatland areas to be restored contained within (the net project area). The net project area will be the area within the project for which carbon credits will be calculated.
Baseline Field Survey
The purpose of the baseline field survey is to validate that the pre-restoration annual water table depth (WTD) and the condition of the peat meet the Peatland Protocol eligibility requirements. The site assessment map will inform the structure of the baseline field survey.
The baseline field survey is performed before any restoration activities have begun.
Monitoring Field Survey
The purpose of the monitoring field survey is to provide verification that the post-restoration annual water table depth (WTD) has reduced in line with the restoration plan and to provide further supporting evidence by confirming any changes the condition of the peat. The site assessment map will inform the structure of the baseline field survey.
The monitoring field survey is performed annually following the completion of restoration activities.
Field Protocol: Summary
The purpose of the field surveys are to:
Verify the site-wide satellite observations of water table depth (WTD) are correct
Provide additional verification data to support a third party audit of the carbon credit calculation
Baseline field surveys take place only once, before any restoration has started.
Monitoring field surveys take place every year after restoration has been completed. They can also be used to routinely update the management plan in order to mitigate against any unforeseen failure or poor performance.