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Advisory Groups and Committees

AFOLU Expert Assessment Panel

An AFOLU Expert Assessment Panel was established in 2009 to review the qualifications of potential AFOLU experts. AFOLU assessment panel members review the qualifications of AFOLU experts and recommend candidates to the VCS Program.

Climate, Community & Biodiversity Steering Committee

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Steering Committee is responsible for the governance, strategic direction and ongoing development of the CCB Standards, ensuring that they stimulate and promote land management activities that credibly mitigate global climate change, improve the wellbeing and reduce the poverty of local communities, and conserve biodiversity. The CCB Steering Committee comprises representatives of each Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) member organization and is co-chaired by Verra and the CCBA Secretariat. Read more about the CCB Standards.

Digital Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (DMRV) Working Group

In 2022, Verra formed a working group to focus on emerging digital technology innovations for improving measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) processes for voluntary carbon market standards. This multi-stakeholder working group will help Verra explore opportunities and barriers associated with the use of DMRV in carbon markets and prioritize the most impactful actions Verra and partners can take to implement the use of DMRV across Verra’s programs, with a particular focus on the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program.

JNR Advisory, Stakeholder, and Government Engagement Groups

The development of the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ framework is supported by the JNR Advisory Group, the Stakeholder Group and informal consultations with a number of national and subnational governments.

LandScale Advisory Group

A multi-stakeholder group that has been guiding the development of the Landscape Standard.

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) Working Groups

In 2020 Verra formed two working groups to focus on emerging sectors within Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). These working groups will explore the barriers and opportunities for scaling up blue carbon and regenerative agriculture activities, and to identify and prioritize recommendations for how standards and related tools could drive finance to these critical nature-based solutions.

Plastic Program Advisory Group

The Plastic Program Advisory Group is a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral group that helps ensure that the Plastic Waste Reduction Program (Plastic Program) can best meet the needs of the plastic credit market and is well-positioned to enable the delivery of credible plastic waste reduction. The Terms of Reference for this working group can be found here.

Scope 3 Initiative

The Scope 3 Initiative investigates key barriers to implementing and scaling supply chain climate action in organizational Scope 3 emissions inventories, and how Verra could facilitate greater climate action in this area. The multi-stakeholder group explores how the Verified Carbon Standard’s (VCS) market reach, carbon crediting methodologies, audit process, and registry could support robust accounting of GHG interventions in corporate inventories, prevent double-counting, and establish flexibility for companies to generate carbon credits or Scope 3 interventions.

Sustainable Development Advisory Group

The Sustainable Development Advisory Group is a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral group that helps ensure that Verra’s frameworks promote and advance sustainable development through results-based market mechanisms. The Terms of Reference for this working group can be found here.

VCS Program Advisory Group

The VCS Program Advisory Group supports the development of the VCS Program. The Advisory Group is a multi-stakeholder body that helps ensure that the VCS Program continues to serve its users in an effective and efficient manner and drives practical and robust solutions to mitigate climate change.

VVB Working Group

A working group comprised of representatives from validation/verification bodies (VVBs) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was convened in 2011 to provide input on development of the Validation and Verification Manual. The manual is intended to support VVBs and help enhance the quality and transparency of Verra projects.

Previous Advisory Committees

AFOLU Steering Committee

The Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use sector (AFOLU) Steering Committee began work in 2007 to develop requirements for crediting land-based projects that curb emissions or sequester carbon. The committee’s work has made the VCS Program a leader in crediting new project types and approaches in the AFOLU sector and a top global standard for crediting avoided deforestation projects. Today the committee is an integral part of the VCS Program that continues to guide work in the AFOLU sector. Committee members are currently advising the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD initiative as well as rules to credit new AFOLU project types. Read more about current AFOLU initiatives.

AFOLU Steering Committee members

AFOLU Technical Working Groups

AFOLU Technical Working Groups are convened to refine or develop AFOLU requirements for the VCS Program. Read more about our current AFOLU initiatives.

Advisory Committee on Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+

An Advisory Committee was convened in February 2011 to provide strategic input for development of the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) initiative. The initiative gathered input from advisory committee members and technical experts to create guidelines and criteria for the integrated, jurisdiction-wide accounting and crediting of REDD+ projects, policies and programs. Read more about the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ initiative.

Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Leakage and Non-Permanence Working Groups

Working groups were convened in January 2013 to focus on the development of tools for JNR programs to manage leakage and assess non-permanence risk of carbon stocks. Read more about the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ initiative.

Steering Committee on Standardized Methods for Baselines and Additionality

An expert steering committee was convened in October 2010 to create guidelines for developing standardized methods for determining baselines and additionality, notably performance methods (or benchmarks) and activity methods (or positive lists). Read more about  Standardized Methods.

VCS Steering Committee

The original Verra Steering Committee of 19 global carbon market experts was established in 2006 and worked for more than a year to develop the first VCS Standard. The Steering Committee convened seven technical working groups to address specific topics, including governance, additionality, validation and verification, registry systems, forestry and land use, performance standards and general policy issues.

Compensation Mechanism Steering Committee

A Compensation Mechanism Steering Committee was established in 2009 to explore ways to incentivize the development of new, streamlined and broadly applicable methodologies. The steering committee developed a unique mechanism to reward Verra methodology developers when others use their work. Today Verra rebates 20 percent of the levy on every VCU issued to methodology developers when a project uses the methodology they developed. This establishes a real incentive for methodology developers to create new, broadly applicable approaches to curbing GHG emissions.

Plastic Standard Development Committee

A multi-stakeholder group convened in 2019 to provide technical expertise and strategic guidance to the development of the Plastic Program. Read more about the Plastic Program.

Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard Development Advisory Committee

A multi-stakeholder group convened in September 2017 to provide strategic input and guidance to the development of the SD VISta Program. Read more about  SD VISta.