With the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, under the Conservation Innovation Grant program, the Reserve is commencing a significant revision and expansion to its Nitrogen Management Project Protocol (NMPP). Aside from numerous revisions to protocol content, the expansion also includes developing a new standardized quantification methodology module(s) that expand(s) the scope of the NMPP Version 1.1 to include additional regions, crops, and nitrogen management practices. The Reserve intends to keep the quantification methodology in Version 1.1 that is based on the MSU-EPRI model, while a technical contractor – Mark Easter Consulting LLC – will provide additional quantification module(s). The Reserve is planning to present an expanded NMPP Version 2.0 to the Reserve Board of Directors for adoption in early 2018.
The Reserve is revising the NMPP through a multi-stakeholder workgroup process. The workgroup consists of representatives from the organizations listed below.
|Carbon Credit Solutions Inc.||Stanford University, Carnegie Institution for Science|
|Climate Smart Group||The Climate Trust|
|Cornell University||The Fertilizer Institute|
|Environmental Defense Fund||UC Davis, Department of Environmental Science and Policy|
|Environmental Services, Inc.||UC Davis, Soils and Biogeochemistry|
|International Plant Nutrition Institute||University of Vermont||Michigan State University||USAID||Stanford University||Veri6 Inc|
Stakeholders not participating as workgroup members may follow the protocol revision process as “observers.” Observers will receive protocol updates, meeting notices, and can listen in to workgroup meetings. If interested in participating as an observer, please email [email protected].
NMPP Workgroup Meeting 3
December 12, 2017
NMPP Workgroup Meeting 2
October 10, 2017
- Request for Proposals to Develop NMPP Quantification Methodology (Process Closed)
Nitrogen Management Survey
In late 2016, the Reserve issued a Nitrogen Management Stakeholder Survey to gather feedback and recommendations from stakeholders involved in the development and/or implementation of the NMPP and/or other agricultural offset protocols and methodologies on the future expansion of the protocol. The results of the survey are summarized in the memo below.
- Nitrogen Management Survey Results Memo (March 7, 2017)
On March 15, 2017, the Reserve held a webinar to go over the results of this survey, the biggest takeaways, and next steps for the protocol revision as discussed in the memo. Meeting materials are available below.
Submitting Data for Future Expansion
When the protocol is not undergoing revision, the Reserve accepts submittals of data that could be used to develop new or expand upon existing quantification methodologies. However, at this time, this process is on hold in order to accommodate the RFP process outlined above and efficiently revise the protocol. Once the revised protocol has been adopted for use, this process will likely open again. For more information on the data submittal process under V1.0 and V1.1, please see the following webpage: Submitting Data for Future Expansion.
If you have questions about the NMPP revision, please contact Trevor Anderson at [email protected] or 213-891-6927.