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).
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.