Woodland Carbon Code Governance

Executive Board

Advisory Board

Disputes Panel

Development of the Code

The UK Woodland Carbon Code is managed by Scottish Forestry, the Scottish Government Agency responsible for forestry policy, support and regulation, on behalf of the Forestry Commission in England, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Forest Service.  Prior to April 2019 it was managed by the Forestry Commission.

Executive Board

This board is the executive body responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the Code including its application, promotion and strategic and technical development. It meets around 6 times per year.

Specific tasks onclude:

  • Annual review and update of the Code
  • Interpretation of the Code and its application, including dispute resolution
  • Design of the validation, monitoring and verification process
  • Support for the operation of the registry
  • Project validation/verification support and governance
  • Approval of validation/verification bodies
  • Capacity building, communication and promotion of the Code
  • Periodic reports on the uptake of the Code and a triannual evaluation
  • Establish sub-committees as necessary to deal with specific issues (eg communications)

Members:

  • Dr Pat Snowdon, Scottish Forestry (UK management team)
  • Dr Vicky West, Scottish Forestry (UK management team)
  • Bruce Auchterlonie, Scottish Forestry (UK management team)
  • Dr Mark Broadmeadow, Forestry Commission England
  • Amy Nicolson, Scottish Forestry
  • Bill Somerfield, Welsh Government

Advisory Board

The role of the Advisory Board is to advise the Executive Board on the application, promotion, revision and further development of the Woodland Carbon Code.  It meets around four times per year.
In Scope it includes:

  • Development and revision of the Code and supporting tools and guidance
  • Interpretation of the Code and its application
  • Validation, monitoring and verification processes
  • Communication and promotion of the Code
  • Monitoring, research and evaluation

Members:

  • Members of the WCC Executive Board
  • Stuart Morwood, Northern Ireland Forest Service
  • Dan Doherty, Defra
  • Peter Coleman, BEIS
  • Ewan Mackie, Forest Research
  • Sandy Greig, Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Andrew Heald, Confor
  • James Hepburne-Scott, Forest Carbon
  • Lee Dudley, Woodland Trust
  • Peter Wilson, UK Woodland Assurance Standard
  • Matthew Brander, Edinburgh University Business School
  • Nick Blyth, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment
  • Julia Griffin, B&Q
  • Andy Grundy, Soil Association
  • Roger Kerr, Organic Farmers and Growers
  • Jillian Hoy, UK Peatland Code

Disputes Panel

A Disputes Panel, made up of 2 Executive Board Members and 2 Advisory Board members deal with any disputes relating to interpretation of the Standard.  The Panel meets as required and advises the Executive Board.  If you have an issue to bring to the Disputes Panel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Development of the Code

We are still developing and improving the scheme.

Summary of main developments to date.

  • 2007-2011:  Development, consultation and piloting
  • 2011:           Launch of the Code
  • 2012-2013:  Piloting and launch of group scheme validation
  • 2013:           Launch of UK Woodland Carbon Registry on Markit Registry
  • 2014:           Listing of Pending Issuance Units for all projects.
  • 2015:           Small Woods Scheme Pilot lauched, Verification pilot
  • 2015-2016:  Piloting and launch of verification process
  • 2016:           Year 5 Verification Process Launched
  • 2018:           Launch of Version 2 of the WCC  

 

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