The Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) is the premier standard for certifying the sustainable development benefits of social and environmental projects. The types of benefits that may be certified range from gender equity to economic development, affordable clean energy to wildlife restoration. SD VISta uses expert, third-party auditors to verify that a project advances the global Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.


The SD VISta Program rules define the standards and processes which all projects must follow to be certified. They include Requirements, and Templates and Forms.

These documents are updated periodically. Please check this page to ensure you are using the latest version of a given document.

Requirements documents set out the core principles and criteria for developing projects and generating independently assessed sustainable development benefits and issuing registered SD VISta assets. All SD VISta projects are assessed against these requirements.

Templates and forms are provided to ensure that users of the SD VISta Program have a consistent structure to work from when completing certain documents. These templates are required for the completion of project descriptions, monitoring reports, assessment reports and other required documentation.

SD VISta Projects






Note that as the SD VISta Program rules are revised, previous versions that are no longer in use will be archived here.

SD VISta Sectoral Scopes

Projects, activities or methodologies can be developed under any of the 14 SD VISta sectoral scopes. Additionally, these sectoral scopes have been mapped to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (opens on website).

1. Agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) 12. Responsible consumption and production; 15. Life on land
2. Climate change adaption 13. Climate action
3. Education 4. Quality education
4. Energy 7. Affordable and clean energy
5. Food 2. Zero hunger; 12. Responsible consumption and production
6. Governance 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
7. Health 3. Good health and well-being
8. Housing 11. Sustainable cities and communities
9. Infrastructure 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Livelihoods 1. No poverty; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 10. Reduced
inequalities; 12. Responsible consumption and production
11. Transport 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Water Access and Sanitation 6. Clean water and sanitation
13. Oceans and Marine Resources 14. Life below water
14. Women’s empowerment 5. Gender Equality


Projects have the option to generate user-defined SD VISta assets that represent specific sustainable development benefits. To do so, projects must use an approved SD VISta asset methodology to quantify the specific social or environmental benefits that will be issued as assets.


Qualified, independent third-party auditors (validation/verification bodies (VVBs) or Independent Expert Evaluators (IEEs)  are tasked with assessing projects against the SD VISta Program rules and the requirements of the applied methodology. This independent assessment process is critical to ensuring the integrity of the projects registered with the SD VIsta Program.


The Verra Registry is the cornerstone for the implementation of Verra’s standards and programs. It facilitates the transparent listing of information on registered projects and projects pursuing registration, issued and retired units, and enables the trading of units. It is the central repository for all information and documentation relating to Verra projects and credits. The Verra Registry also ensures the uniqueness of projects and credits in the system.


The SD VISta Program is managed by Verra with the support of the Sustainable Development Advisory Group, a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral group that helps ensure that SD VISta can promote and advance sustainable development through results-based market mechanisms.
Verra is committed to following ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice in the ongoing development of the SD VISta Program.

Grievance Redress Policy

Verra provides a Grievance Redress Policy that applies to all standards and programs managed by Verra.

FAQs for Review Procedures

This frequently asked questions (FAQ) document addresses review procedures in the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program; the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) Program; the Plastic Waste Reduction Program (Plastic Program); and the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) Program.

Disclaimer: This FAQ document is current as of November 28, 2023. This FAQ document is provided for informational purposes only. The scope and nature of every review depends on the underlying facts and circumstances.