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What is the Ecosystem Restoration Standard?

The Ecosystem Restoration Standard is a new carbon standard designed to measure and verify impacts on climate, biodiversity, and livelihoods.

Next-Generation Digital Monitoring, Reporting and Verification.

We use leading-edge technology to assess and monitor projects across climate, biodiversity, and livelihoods. This monitoring program provides greater traceability and promotes a more scientifically driven approach to certifying restoration projects.

Empowering Small-Scale Restoration.
We designed the standard to break down barriers and make certification accessible to inland forest and mangrove restoration starting as small as fifty hectares. In contrast, the vast majority of nature-based projects on the voluntary carbon markets are over one thousand hectares in size.
Climate Finance That Lands Where It's Supposed To.
Our commitment to empowering local communities means we ensure seventy percent of climate financing is channelled directly to the ground. This provides local communities with the financial resources they need in their efforts to restore their lands and livelihoods.

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The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program is the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting program.

The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program is the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting program. It drives finance toward activities that reduce and remove emissions, improve livelihoods, and protect nature. VCS projects have reduced or removed nearly one billion tons of carbon and other GHG emissions from the atmosphere. The VCS Program is a critical and evolving component in the ongoing effort to protect our shared environment.

By marrying scientific rigor and transparency with innovative thinking, the VCS Program has continually brought new projects, organizations, and people into the voluntary carbon market, as well as a growing number of compliance markets, and given them the necessary confidence to participate.

Why Carbon Markets?
Individuals, companies, or organizations often cannot, in the short term, completely reduce their GHG emissions. Buying credits on the voluntary carbon market enables them to offset those emissions that, at this point, cannot be avoided. This does more than simply pay another entity to avoid polluting or remove emissions from the atmosphere. VCS projects also provide access to health services and education and other sustainable development benefits that improve the quality of life in project communities.