Verra will phase the transition of projects to a new consolidated REDD methodology. This transition will enable proponents using existing VCS Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation and Degradation (AUDD) project methodologies to familiarize themselves with and plan for the new approach. This staggered timeline also allows Verra to develop and operationalize a new consolidated REDD methodology incorporating the allocation approach.

The goal of adopting the allocation approach is to ensure the integrity of greenhouse gas accounting for individual projects within a jurisdiction and enable the utilization of the most up-to-date science, data, and technologies. The allocation approach is aligned with Verra’s Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) framework.

During the transition to the new consolidated REDD methodology, Verra will:

  • Strengthen elements of the current VCS AUDD methodologies (VM0006, VM0007, VM0009, VM0015, and VM0037) prior to projects’ mandatory transition to the allocation approach.
  • Continue the development of the new consolidated REDD methodology that will establish robust project baselines consistent with jurisdictional activity data (AD). Verra will do this by finalizing the Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation (AUD) allocation approach modules that were open for consultation in April and May 2022. We will also develop a framework to guide the application of those modules and enable the addition of other REDD project activities over time.

During the transition period, projects may use either of the above approaches.

Implications for Projects

VCS REDD projects may choose to use the consolidated REDD methodology at any time after it is published in 2023. By 31 December 2025, all VCS REDD projects must use this new methodology.

The mandatory deadlines for projects to start using the revised AUD methodologies or the consolidated REDD methodology are as set out in the table below. When reviewing the table, proponents should consider their project’s current status, noting that during the transition period (between 1 January 2025 and 31 December 2025) a project’s status (and resulting methodology options) may change.

Timeframe AUD Projects That Are Not Yet Registered Registered AUD Projects
Aug. 2022 – Mar. 2023 Projects starting a public comment period before 1 April 2023 must register using the current VCS AUDD methodologies. Projects with a baseline reassessment deadline before 1 April 2023 may adopt an updated version of VM0006, VM0007, VM0009, VM0015, or VM0037, or the consolidated REDD methodology (as they become available). On a project-by-project basis, Verra will review the possibility of extending a project’s current baseline validity until the consolidated REDD methodology is published.

Alternatively, these projects may reassess their baseline using the existing methodologies.

Apr. 2023 – Dec. 2024 Projects requesting pipeline listing or starting a public comment period between 1 April 2023 and 31 December 2024 must use the updated version of VM0006, VM0007, VM0009, VM0015, or VM0037, or the consolidated REDD methodology. All projects reassessing their baseline between 1 April 2023 and 31 December 2024 must apply the updated version of VM0006, VM0007, VM0009, VM0015, or VM0037, or the consolidated REDD methodology.
Jan 2025 and on: After 1 January 2025, projects requesting pipeline listing or any project already listed that is starting a public comment period must use the consolidated REDD methodology. Projects currently using any version of VM0006, VM0007, VM0009, VM0015, or VM0037 must use the consolidated REDD methodology by 31 December 2025 and reassess their baseline, regardless of how many years might have been remaining with their ongoing baseline period.

If you have any questions about this phased approach, please see the frequently asked questions or contact Salvador Sánchez Colón, Manager, REDD+ Technical Innovation, (scolon@verra.org). If your question is related to a project listed on the Verra Registry, please provide that project’s identification number in your email.