Approved 27 November 2023

Sectoral Scope

14. Agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU)

This methodology ensures the integrity of greenhouse gas accounting for individual projects within a jurisdiction and enables the utilization of the most up-to-date science, data, and technologies.

VM0048 Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation is a framework that is to be used together with modules for specific activity types. VMD0055 Estimation of Emission Reductions From Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation is available now. Modules establishing similar requirements for forest degradation and planned deforestation are under development. The module for Avoiding Planned Deforestation is expected to be released in 2024.

For more information on the background to VM0048 and VMD0055, see the “Technical Background Note” webpage.

Please note:

Development History

VM0048 Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, v1.0 (PDF)

Status: Active since 27 Nov 2023

Mitigation Outcome Label Eligibility: Reduction

Developer: Verra developed this version with support from Tim Pearson (GreenCollar), Kevin R. Brown (Wildlife Conservation Society), Simon König (Climate Focus), Till Neef (independent consultant), Sarah M. Walker (Wildlife Conservation Society) and Lucio Pedroni (Carbon Decisions International). Additional input was provided by Igino Emmer (Silvestrum), David Shoch (TerraCarbon) and Manuel Estrada (independent consultant).

Dates of Public Consultation: 31 March 2022 – 30 May 2022

Summary of Public Consultation: VM0048, v1.0 & VMD0055, v1.0 Summary of Public Consultation (PDF)

The following draft modules were combined to form VM0048 and VMD0055. They were published during the public consultation:

Verra hosted two webinars related to this public consultation:

VVB Assessment Report: VM0048, v1.0 VVB Assessment Report (PDF)

VM0048 Versions Submitted for Assessment:

Verra hosted a webinar on Thursday, 20 April 2023 to provide an overview of the draft methodology and module.

Verra hosted a webinar on Tuesday, 19 December 2023 provide an overview of the new REDD methodology and the module for Avoided Unplanned Deforestation activities.