CCBA Standards ™

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance

CCB Standards

The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB Standards) evaluate land management projects from the early stages of development through implementation. The CCB Standards foster the integration of best-practice and multiple-benefit approaches into project design and implementation. The CCB Standards:

  • Identify projects that simultaneously address climate change, support local communities and smallholders, and conserve biodiversity.
  • Promote excellence and innovation in project design and implementation.
  • Mitigate risk for investors and offset buyers and increase funding opportunities for project developers.

The CCB Standards identify land management projects that deliver net positive benefits for climate change mitigation, for local communities and for biodiversity. The CCB Standards can be applied to any land management project, including projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or from avoided degradation of other ecosystems, and projects that remove carbon dioxide by sequestering carbon (e.g., reforestation, afforestation, revegetation, forest restoration, agroforestry and sustainable agriculture) or other land management, from design through implementation and monitoring.

Using the Standards

The CCB Standards must be used through a two-step process:

  • Validation demonstrates good project design to generate significant climate, community and biodiversity benefits. Successful CCB Validation can help build support for the project among stakeholders and investors.
  • Verification is a rigorous independent endorsement of the quality of project implementation and the delivery of multiple benefits. Successful CCB Verification enables the addition of a ‘CCB label‘ to verified emissions reductions units such as VCUs. The CCB Standards used alone do not lead to delivery of quantified emissions reductions certificates so they should be used in combination with a carbon accounting standard (e.g. CDM, VCS).
The required process for the validation and verification of projects to the CCB Standards is described in the Rules for the Use of the CCB Standards.
Use of the CCB Standards requires that independent, approved auditors determine conformance with the CCB Standards.
Complaints and disputes are handled via the VCS complaints and appeals procedure, set out in the VCS Program Guide.
Fees for use of the CCB Standards are set out in the CCB Standards Fee Schedule.

    Guidance for the Use of the CCB Standards

    Developed in partnership with Rainforest Alliance, the Guidance for the Use of the CCB Standards is designed to provide a detailed explanation of key concepts and requirements of the CCB Standards Third Edition which may be helpful for project proponents, auditors and any users of the CCB Standards. In particular, the Guidance document aims to cover aspects relevant to smallholder- and community-led projects.

    Governance for the Use of the CCB Standards

    For information on the governance of the CCB Standards please visit our governance page.