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Addressing REDD+ through Landscape-Scale Sustainable Commodity Production Models

As of: November 2019

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

Introduction of the Sustainable Landscape Standard during the 20x20 Meeting in Lima at April 26, 2018

  • Series of workshops on the selection of landscapes conducted in Costa Rica and Guatemala
  • Webpage regarding the Landscape Standard launched:…

Project data

Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, Peru

Implementing organisation:
Verified Carbon Standard Association (VERRA) - USA

Partner institution(s):
  • Forestry Commission - Ghana, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - Guatemala, National Forest and Wildlife Authority (SERFOR) - Peru, National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) - Costa Rica

BMU grant:
€ 4,169,399

10/2017 till 09/2021


Fact sheet:
A global framework to drive environmental, social and economic sustainability in productive landscapes (PDF | 993 KB)