Dear Colleague,

Welcome to Verra’s Sustainable Development Download, with updates on Verra’s Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta), the world’s premier standard for certifying the real-world benefits of social and environmental projects.

SD VISta Nature Framework Now Open for Public Consultation

Verra has opened up its Nature Framework for a first round of public consultation.

This asset methodology under Verra’s SD VISta Program aims to certify and incentivize widespread investment in measurable positive biodiversity outcomes benefiting nature and people.

The public consultation runs until November 19, 2023.

Read the full announcement about the Nature Framework consultation.

Did You Know?

The year 2023 marks the halfway point in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition, only 15% of the 140 targets are on track to be achieved by 2030. The SD VISta Program can mobilize large-scale financing to deliver change at the speed and scale required to achieve the SDGs. Visit the SD VISta Program page to learn more.

High-efficiency cookstoves
Photo by Laura Toledano via WikiMedia Commons

First SD VISta Asset Methodology Launched

Verra has released a new SD VISta asset methodology, the Methodology for Time Savings from Improved Cookstoves, following a thorough review process and a public comment period. The methodology enables project proponents to quantify the time households save by switching to clean, efficient cookstoves, offering, for the first time, a way to buy a market-based unit of a social good.

“Back in September 2015, when global leaders met to adopt the SDGs, they declared that ‘the future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands.’ At this midpoint, these words are truer than ever. It is now up to all of us to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals are achieved – in full and on time.”

Li Junhua, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

A Look Ahead

In the next few months, our team looks forward to connecting with stakeholders at multiple events.

We also bring your attention to Bloom (October 24–25, San Jose CA), the leading event for professionals advancing strategies to protect and regenerate nature. Over the course of two interactive days, it creates essential connections between companies, innovators, and experts from leading organizations and indigenous groups.

Verra staff participate regularly in events. For a comprehensive list, please check our events page, which is continually updated.

If you would like to invite a Verra team member to speak at your event, please contact

Person standing in middle of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve forest in Chile
Photo by Mark Godfrey. Avoiding Planned Deforestation and Degradation in the Valdivian Coastal Reserve. Chile Project – Verra Project #1175