Addressing REDD+ through Landscape-Scale Sustainable Commodity Production Models
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
In collaboration with partners in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ghana and Peru, VCS proposes to develop and implement the Landscape Standard (LS) to assess results and mobilize private-sector investment in low-carbon, zero-deforestation commodity production, and complement public funding and government-led REDD+ strategies. LS will focus on a small number of high-value metrics (eg, GHG emissions, deforestation, biodiversity, water availability, adaptation, livelihoods and productivity) for which there is concrete demand and finance. Country partners will apply LS in model production landscapes (ie, large areas defined by administrative or productive characteristics) to monitor and assess the broad social and environmental outcomes of sustainable production efforts. Government, producer and civil society actors will come together to drive sustainability performance across these landscapes, which will be linked through LS to transformational incentives and finance.
State of implementation/results
- The LandScale Assessment Framework and Guidelines were published for public consultation in August 2019
- Presentation of Landscale at the Global Landscape Forum in Bonn on 23 June, 2019 as part of the session “No one left behind: landscape governance in Latin America and the Caribbean”
- Presentation of Landscale during the Tropical Forest Alliance’s Annual Members meeting in Bogota, Colombia between 4 - 8 May 2019. The title of this event was ‘A Forest Positive Future: Accelerating the Decade of Delivery’ and it was co-hosted by the government of Colombia.
- The project arranged a webinar on March 7th for companies, investors and other stakeholders with an interest in learning more about Landscale. The purpose of the webinar was to raise awareness about this initiative amongst potential users and to provide an opportunity for people to ask questions. 34 people attended the first webinar, which was timed to enable participation of stakeholders in Asia, Europe and Africa. The recordings from both webinars are also available through the project website.