Scaling up standards beyond the Project level: Programmatic, Jurisdictional and Nested Approaches
April, 2012. Unna Chokkalingam and S. Anuradha Vanniarachchy. Forest Carbon Asia Brief No. 6. Methods and Standards Updates. www.forestcarbonasia.org
In response to the upcoming international REDD+ mechanism that calls for national level forest carbon accounting and implementation of numerous safeguards; programmatic, jurisdictional and nested standards and approaches are being developed. Voluntary market standards have begun to look at scaling up from project-level standards to jurisdictional-level initiatives (state, national) and including project-level activities as nested components of the jurisdictional-level accounting to meet the emerging requirements.
REDD readiness support programs and processes are seeking to develop and integrate the required safeguards into national REDD+ preparation and implementation activities. Three major initiatives to build standards for national REDD+ policies and programs are outlined. This brief also provides a summary and update of evolving programmatic and jurisdictional standards; as well as a continued update on developments under project-level standards from February to April 2012.
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