Update, 29 November 2021: This webinar has been postponed until further notice. The registration link will be re-posted when the webinar has been rescheduled.
As part of the proposed updates to the VCS Program that we previously consulted on, Verra is considering several updates to the VCS Program’s AFOLU project baseline requirements to improve the consistency and accuracy of accounting and to facilitate alignment with REDD+ jurisdictional programs (and the associated Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ rules).
Specifically, we received many comments about our proposal to shorten (1) the historical reference period for setting baselines and (2) the baseline reassessment periods for the following project types:
- Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation and/or Degradation (AUDD);
- Avoiding Unplanned Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands (AUC);
- Avoiding Unplanned Wetland Degradation (AUWD); and
- Avoiding Planned Deforestation and/or Degradation (APDD) projects that cannot demonstrate a verifiable deforestation plan and the agent of deforestation/degradation is not the landowner and cannot be specifically identified.
On 1 December 2021 at 11:00 am EST, we will host a webinar with Manuel Estrada, Director, REDD+ Technical Innovations, to explain the scientific and policy rationale for these proposals and answer your questions.