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Whole Farm and Landscape Scale Projects for Smallholders 
Carolyn Ching, Senior Program Officer 
A perspective from a GHG ...
Agenda 
28 October 2011 
•Part 1: What is the VCS? 
•Background information on the VCS Program 
•Part 2: Where are we now?...
About the VCS 
Framework for projects and methodologies 
What is the VCS
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) 
28 October 2011 
•Framework for developing GHG projects 
•Established by leading NGOs (IET...
The VCS Framework 
28 October 2011
VCS Project Statistics 
28 October 2011 
•Registered projects 
•Over 680 Registered Projects (21 AFOLU projects) 
•Registe...
VCS Methodology Statistics 
28 October 2011 
•10 approved VCS AFOLU methodologies (18 total) 
•Improved Forest Management ...
ALM Methodologies under Development 
Developer 
Methodology Element 
Status Update 
The Earth Partners 
Methodology for So...
More AFOLU project categories 
Small-scale friendly 
Key AFOLU Components 
Cutting Edge Incentives 
Where are we now?
New AFOLU Project Categories 
ACoGS 
•Activities that avoid conversion of grasslands and shrublands 
•Eligible habitats 
•...
Grouped Projects 
5 April 2011 
•Allows the expansion of a project activity over time within a specified geographic area. ...
VCS AFOLU Key Components 
AFOLU Requirements include robust approaches to: 
•Permanence: Risk Assessment and AFOLU Pooled ...
Cutting Edge Initiatives – Standardized Approaches 
28 October 2011 
•Steering Committee on Standardized Approaches 
•Perf...
Cutting Edge Initiatives - JNRI 
28 October 2011 
•Jurisdictional and Nested REDD Initiative 
•Developing guidance and cri...
-GHG programs 
-Requirements for standardized approached 
-Jurisdictional 
-New project categories 
-Methodologies 
-Basel...
VCS Association 
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW 
Suite 803 
Washington, DC 20036 
www.v-c-s.org 
Thank You 
Carolyn Ching 
S...
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Presentation for CCAFS - FAO workshop
Smallholder Mitigation: Whole Farm and Landscape Accounting

27 - 28 October 2011


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Ching vcs methods ws oct 2011

  1. 1. Whole Farm and Landscape Scale Projects for Smallholders Carolyn Ching, Senior Program Officer A perspective from a GHG program
  2. 2. Agenda 28 October 2011 •Part 1: What is the VCS? •Background information on the VCS Program •Part 2: Where are we now? •Current strategic pathway for VCS AFOLU program
  3. 3. About the VCS Framework for projects and methodologies What is the VCS
  4. 4. Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) 28 October 2011 •Framework for developing GHG projects •Established by leading NGOs (IETA, WBCSD, The Climate Group, WEF) •Founded to provide a rigorous, trustworthy and innovative global standard for the validation and verification of GHG offsets •Managed by the VCS Association •Single focus – to develop and manage the platform (i.e., no consulting, no project development, no meth development, no validation/verification) •Funded through VCU levy and foundation grants
  5. 5. The VCS Framework 28 October 2011
  6. 6. VCS Project Statistics 28 October 2011 •Registered projects •Over 680 Registered Projects (21 AFOLU projects) •Registered AFOLU projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, Canada, Belize, Peru, Brazil, Malaysia, Uganda, Indonesia, India •Volumes •Over 68 million VCUs issued (over 4.5 million from AFOLU) •536 projects have issued VCUs •AFOLU pooled buffer account holds over 1 million buffer credits
  7. 7. VCS Methodology Statistics 28 October 2011 •10 approved VCS AFOLU methodologies (18 total) •Improved Forest Management (IFM) (5) •Reduced Emissions from Forest Degradation and Deforestation (REDD) (5) •11 AFOLU methodologies under development (17 total) •Agricultural Land Management (ALM) (7) •IFM (1) •REDD (3)
  8. 8. ALM Methodologies under Development Developer Methodology Element Status Update The Earth Partners Methodology for Soil Carbon (modular format) Public Comment GreenCollar Climate Solutions Methodology for Agricultural Land Management: Improved Grassland Management 1st Assessment Terra Global Capital, LLC Calculating Emission Reductions in Rice Management Systems 1st Assessment FAO Methodology for Sustainable Grassland Management (SGM) 1st Assessment Syracuse University Adoption of Sustainable Grassland Management through Adjustment of Fire and Grazing 2nd Assessment MSU/EPRI Quantifying N2O emissions reductions in US agricultural crops through N fertilizer rate reduction 2nd Assessment BioCarbon Fund, World Bank Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) VCSA review for approval
  9. 9. More AFOLU project categories Small-scale friendly Key AFOLU Components Cutting Edge Incentives Where are we now?
  10. 10. New AFOLU Project Categories ACoGS •Activities that avoid conversion of grasslands and shrublands •Eligible habitats •Grasslands, shrublands, chapparall •Status: Released, 19 October 2011 Wetlands •Activities that avoid conversion and restore or/ rewet wetlands •Eligible habitats •Mangroves, coastal wetlands, sea grasses •Status: Drafting, to be released late 2011 or early 2012 28 October 2011
  11. 11. Grouped Projects 5 April 2011 •Allows the expansion of a project activity over time within a specified geographic area. •New instances of the project activity can be added during verification as long as they meet pre-defined eligibility criteria. •Similar to the CDM PoA
  12. 12. VCS AFOLU Key Components AFOLU Requirements include robust approaches to: •Permanence: Risk Assessment and AFOLU Pooled Buffer Account •Leakage: Activity shifting and market leakage must be minimized and accounted for •Updated leakage requirements to be released for public comment and adopted in 2012
  13. 13. Cutting Edge Initiatives – Standardized Approaches 28 October 2011 •Steering Committee on Standardized Approaches •Performance methods: performance benchmark for crediting baseline or additionality threshold •Activity methods: Positive lists approach for additionality •Building blocks for sectoral approaches and NAMAs •Released for public consultation (period closes 30 October 2011)
  14. 14. Cutting Edge Initiatives - JNRI 28 October 2011 •Jurisdictional and Nested REDD Initiative •Developing guidance and criteria for jurisdictional REDD programs to enable crediting at multiple scales (project, state/province and national) •Create a pathway for projects to “nest” within larger scale jurisdictional programs •Develop best practice nested frameworks that may serve multiple markets (voluntary, bilateral, pre-compliance, potentially compliance) •Advisory and Technical Committees convened •Draft guidance due in late 2011
  15. 15. -GHG programs -Requirements for standardized approached -Jurisdictional -New project categories -Methodologies -Baselines -Quantification -Modeling Landscape scale?
  16. 16. VCS Association 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Suite 803 Washington, DC 20036 www.v-c-s.org Thank You Carolyn Ching Senior Program Officer cching@v-c-s.org +1 202 296 2312

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