The VCS Association today released updated technical recommendations for the integrated project and jurisdiction-wide accounting and crediting of activities that Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

These recommendations will be used as a basis for forthcoming VCS requirements for Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNRI) activities. Draft requirements will be released for public comment in coming months.

The updated technical recommendations provide flexible options for jurisdictions to develop REDD+ programs that may recognize and integrate project activities into jurisdiction-level accounting frameworks. Such flexibility will ensure the frameworks maintain environmental integrity while being adaptable to local circumstances.

The technical recommendations were drafted by a committee of technical experts and underwent comprehensive review by an advisory committee of government, civil society and private sector leaders. In addition, peer reviewers provided extensive guidance and feedback. The updated technical recommendations released today reflect the extensive feedback received.

For more information, see the summary of technical recommendations.

Read more about the VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Initiative.