Supporting projects that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

Supporting projects that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

The SD VISta Program

The Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) is a flexible framework for assessing and reporting on the sustainable development benefits of project-based activities, helping unlock new sources of finance to support and scale up high-impact efforts.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will not be achieved without the engagement of the private sector. Efforts by companies and other non-governmental organizations, local and international, are needed to innovate and to drive and support policies and institutional actions aimed at achieving the crucial advances for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership set out in the 2030 Agenda. However, it can be challenging to understand how investments in development activities can best motivate real impact and transformation.

The SD VISta Program sets out rules and criteria for the design, implementation and assessment of projects that aim to deliver high-impact sustainable development benefits. Under SD VISta, projects must demonstrate to the satisfaction of a third-party assessor that they meet the SD VISta Program’s rigorous rules and requirements and advance the SDGs. Once projects have been certified in the SD VISta Program, their contributions to the SDGs are listed on the Verra Registry. Some projects may issue SD VISta assets: units representing sustainable development benefits that can be sold or retired and claimed.

How It Works

Projects developed under the SD VISta Program must follow a rigorous assessment process in order to be certified.

  • SD VISta: The standard (and associated program documents) lays out the rules and requirements which all projects must follow in order to be certified.
  • Independent Assessment: All SD VISta projects will be subject to assessment by qualified independent third parties to ensure that the rules and requirements of the SD VISta Program are met.
  • Methodological Guidance: Projects may use any method to meet the core SD VISta requirements. Verra will provide guidance on appropriate methodologies and, in cases where projects generate SD VISta assets, Verra will approve methodologies.
  • Registry System: Verra tracks and makes publicly available data on all SD VISta projects. The Verra registry tracks the generation, retirement and cancellation of any SD VISta asset as well as all Verified Carbon Units that bear a SD VISta label, which indicates that an emission reduction unit was generated during a SD VISta-verified period.
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