Verra is considering several updates to the VCS Program’s methodologies for Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation and Degradation (AUDD). The changes reflect the latest scientific research, improve the consistency and accuracy of accounting, and facilitate alignment with REDD+ jurisdictional programs as well as Verra’s Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) rules. We held a series of discussions to provide the context for an upcoming public consultation on new modules that will be integrated into Verra’s AUDD methodologies.
Manuel Estrada, REDD+ Technical Innovations Director, moderated a series of three webinars on the proposed revisions.
Introduction to Verra’s Updates to VCS AUDD Project Methodologies
27 October 2021, 11:00 am EDT/5:00 pm CEST
In this webinar, the rationale for the updates to VCS AUDD methodologies, a summary of the methodological and procedural approaches under consideration, and the release timeline for the revised AUDD methodologies was presented.
New Methodological Modules for VCS AUDD Projects
3 November 2021, 11:00 am EDT/4:00 pm CET
This webinar focused on the work of a group of experts, led by Climate Focus, to update existing AUDD methodologies. Specifically, Simon Koenig and Till Neeff presented new harmonized baseline, monitoring, leakage, and uncertainty modules, which will be integrated with Verra’s AUDD methodologies (VM0006, VM0007, VM0009, VM0015 and VM0037).
Setting the Baseline: Activity Data Collection and Allocation to Projects
10 November 2021, 11:00 am EST/5:00 pm CET
Lucio Pedroni, CEO of Carbon Decisions International, provided an overview of Verra’s proposed approach to activity data collection and allocation to projects, including:
- Collection of activity data at the jurisdictional level;
- Use of the Risk Mapping Tool to identify and categorize deforestation and forest degradation risk in a jurisdictional area; and
- Use of the Allocation Tool to allocate activity data to projects according to deforestation and forest degradation risk.