Starting date (SSC A/R)
The definition of starting date for small-scale afforestation and reforestation (SSC A/R) project activities is set out in the CDM Glossary of Terms as follows:
The starting date of an SSC A/R CDM project activity is the date at which the implementation or real action of an SSC A/R CDM project activity begins, resulting in actual net GHG removals by sinks (CDM Glossary of Terms, Version 03).
Therefore, the starting date of a CDM project is the date at which the project activity commences.
For SSC A/R project activities, the crediting period will commence on the starting date, regardless of whether this is before registration (but provided it is after 1 January 2000):
A CDM afforestation and reforestation project activity starting after 1 January 2000 can also be validated and registered after 31 December 2005 as long as the first verification of the project activity occurs after the date of registration of this project activity. Given that the crediting period starts at the same date as the starting date of the project activity, the projects starting 2000 onwards can accrue tCERs/lCERs as of the starting date. This clarification was provided by the Board in paragraph 64, of its twenty-first meeting report and stipulates that provisions of paragraphs 12 and 13 of decision 17/CP.7 do not apply to CDM afforestation and reforestation project activities. (CDM Glossary of Terms Version 03).