Ministry of Environment

Forest Carbon Offset Protocol

The Government of British Columbia has developed a Forest Carbon Offset Protocol (FCOP) to guide the design, development, quantification and verification of B.C forest carbon offsets from a broad range of forest activities on private and public land in B.C. Forest carbon is an increasingly significant component of climate action, and the protocol ensures that forest carbon offsets developed in B.C. meet domestic and international quality standards. Given the importance of the forested land base in the province, this project is a key element in sustaining B.C.'s reputation as a leader in climate action in North America.

The FCOP project is led by the Climate Action Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Pacific Carbon Trust, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

Designated Protocols

Forest Carbon

The Forest Carbon Offset Protocol was designated by the director on August 12, 2011.


Stakeholders played an important part of the development process. The final draft Forest Carbon Offset Protocol was available for public comment from Nov. 24, 2010 to Jan. 31, 2011. Two online information sessions were held to inform stakeholders and invite questions:

The final product incorporates stakeholder comments and written submissions.