The Gold Standard


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In this presentation the Gold Standard, a non-profit organization, introduces itself, what it does, what it stands for, where it is a leader, which programs it has and what it has to do with land-use and forests.

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  • A Swiss non-profit foundation headquartered in GenevaFounded by WWF and endorsed by 84 international NGOsOperated on behalf of civil society – carefully balancing its needs with those of the market and other stakeholdersIs driving billions of dollars of investment into renewable energy, energy efficiency and land-use and forests projectsThe only ‘compliance grade’ scheme – uniquely operating in both compliance and voluntary carbon marketsUsed by the UN for the development of its own agencies’ projects
  • Carbon markets have led a true payment for outcomes/results based finance approach and GS is the leader in carbon markets with respect to the holistic design of project, looking at broader social and environmental outcomes. SD Matrix, stakeholder consultations, Do No Harm Assessments Our 900+ projects in 50 countries:will prevent more than 37-million tonnes of carbon entering the atmosphere by the end of 2014. help to reduce respiratory illnesses in millions of women and children;provide technology transfer, infrastructure and local employmentprotect and rebuild forests containing biodiversity and wildlife; deliver safe drinking water to millions of people and water outcomes for the environmentwithout the use of government or public sector funding;Provide confidence and assurance that this is really being delivered
  • What is increasingly clear: There is no place in an interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. If the world is going to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty, achieving security for water, energy and food is critical. This challenge is becoming even more critical with the impacts of climate change, and water will be the medium by which we will address much of the nexus.
  • GS working in all the areas impacted by the nexus. Energy our history Land use – coming up in this presentationCities – integral parts of landscapes – 30 seconds on cities programmeWater – a governance framework for beyond ‘business as usual’ investments into water projectsSynnergies with FSC Forces Programme
  • Reality of land use…so how will we be addressing this first and foremost.
  • And energy where it overlaps
  • The Gold Standard

    1. 1. The Gold Standard The Global Landscape Forum 2013 Warsaw
    2. 2. The Gold Standard • • • • A Swiss non-profit foundation Founded by WWF and endorsed by 84 international NGOs Operates on behalf of civil society Is driving billions of dollars of investment into climate and development initiatives • The only ‘compliance grade’ scheme – uniquely operating in both compliance and voluntary carbon markets • Used by the UN
    3. 3. The Gold Standard is a leader in the integrated approach to climate change and sustainable development
    4. 4. Why? The nexus of energy, water, land-use and food security “Don’t address one problem to only create another”
    5. 5. Gold Standard Programmes
    6. 6. Land use – the reality • • • • Increasing demand for food Increasing welfare Increasing demand for firewood and charcoal Increasing demand for energy Leads to • • • • • • • Climate change Degraded soils Deforestation Loss of biodiversity Loss of water tables Increased pests and diseases Increased pressure on livelihoods of smallholders
    7. 7. Our Land-use and forests aim: Maintain and enhance the carbon stock stored at the landscape level, while improving the sustainable use of resources, people’s livelihoods and the conservation of biodiversity.
    10. 10. Carbon stock REDD IFM A/R years
    11. 11. A/R Requirements
    12. 12. FSC Streamlining Terms Customary rights Workers Native species Social + Ecological Criteria Auditors GMOs Project owner Advisory Panel
    13. 13. FSC Streamlining
    14. 14. Additionality 1. A/R CDM Tool 2. Positive List
    15. 15. Permanence 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035
    16. 16. Permanence Backstops 1. Requirements 2. Frequent Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) 3. Compliance pathway a) Re-implementing activities b) Adding additional activity areas c) Retiring CO2-certificates from the same activity d) Purchase CO2-certificates from other Gold Standard activities 1. Project owner’s liability 2. Compliance Buffer
    17. 17. Agroforestry
    18. 18. Silvopasture
    19. 19. Savannah - Boreal
    20. 20. Community - Corporate
    21. 21. Special Forest Types
    22. 22. Upcoming A/R Requirements o A/R Soil tool o A/R Smallholder Guideline o A/R CDM + VCS Transition Guideline o Annex 1 Guideline • • • CSA Requirements IFM Requirements FairTrade Requirements
    23. 23. Climate Smart Agriculture “Agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals”
    24. 24. Questions How can we, from the perspective of a certification standard, ensure that an intervention is improving food security? Is Result Based Finance possible for climate adaptation and how? What are possible risks of CSA mitigation projects that should be avoided? What are CSA interventions with high mitigation potential and easy to measure – and should therefor get priority in methodology development? The Cool Farm Tool has been developed to measure emissions in agricultural production in a relative user-friendly manner. Do you think this tool could be an appropriate instrument to use for measurement of mitigation impact and achieve scale?
    25. 25. The Gold Standard Foundation +41 22 788 70 80