The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB Standards) evaluate land-based carbon mitigation 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 Standards:
- Identify projects that simultaneously address climate change, support local communities 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-based projects that are designed and implemented using best practices to deliver robust and credible greenhouse gas reductions while also delivering net positive benefits to local communities and biodiversity. They can be applied to any land-based carbon projects including activities that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and contribute to conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), agricultural land management and avoided degradation of non-forest ecosystems.
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 quanitified emissions reductions certificates so they should be used in combination with a carbon accounting standard (e.g. CDM, VCS).