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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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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.
  8. 8. LANDSCAPE A/R CSA IFM
  9. 9. IFM RE/EE LANDSCAPE A/R
  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 info@cdmgoldstandard.org +41 22 788 70 80 www.cdmgoldstandard.org

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