Supporting land use projects in addressing climate change, benefitting local communities and smallholders, and conserving biodiversity

Validation & Verification

Use of the CCB Standards must be certified through a two-step process by independent, validation/verification bodies (VVB). The process is described in the CCB Program Rules v3.1, and can be summarized as follows:

  • Validation demonstrates that a project is designed to generate significant climate, community and biodiversity benefits. Successful validation to the CCB Standards can help project proponents to build support among stakeholders and investors.
  • Verification is a rigorous endorsement of the quality of project implementation and the delivery of multiple benefits during a certain time period. Successful verification of a project to the CCB Standards enables the addition of a CCB label to verified emissions reductions units, such as VCUs, generated during the CCB-verified period.

A VVB is a recognized, qualified and independent auditing organization that evaluates whether a project has met each of the CCB Standards criteria and any other requirements following the process defined in the CCB Program documents. To be approved, VVBs must meet the criteria set out in the CCB Program Rules v3.1. More than twenty VVBs in Asia, Europe, North and South America are currently approved.

4 November 2021

Verra Projects Open for Public Comment

Comments are invited from the public on the following projects…

10 October 2016

Coming Soon: Streamlined Climate, Community & Biodiversity Program Documents

CCB Program document updates will introduce templates for project reporting and streamline joint use of the CCB and VCS Programs. Updated documents will be open for public comment in November.

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Celebrating the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Program’s 100th Validated Project

Celebrating the over 100 Climate, Community & Biodiversity Program projects working around the world to create benefits for people and planet.

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