WLT Ecosystem Services projects are based on a 20 year accounting period so that the offset can be achieved in a reasonable time frame. However, beyond this 20 year period the trees will continue to sequester carbon dioxide emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advises that newly planted or regenerated forests will continue to uptake carbon for 20 to 50 years or more after establishment, depending on site location, tree species and major disturbance events. All WLT Ecosystem Services projects ensure protection of land in perpetuity, so once an offset/planting commitment has been fulfilled the forest will continue to survive after the end of the delivery of the ‘offset/planting horizon’.

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