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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 channeled directly to the ground. This provides local communities with the financial resources they need in their efforts to restore their lands and livelihoods.
Why a Public Consultation on the Ecosystem Restoration Standard?
The Ecosystem Restoration Standard has launched a global public consultation to gather input and feedback from key actors, including businesses, NGOs, governments, local communities and other stakeholders.
The consultation process helps us to guarantee that the standard is well-informed, practical, and aligned with the needs and expectations of its users.
By engaging key actors and the general public in the consultation process, the standard is more likely to be widely adopted and to have a positive impact on the ecosystem restoration initiatives and projects that it aims to support.
The Public Consultation Process
We have initiated a 45-day comprehensive public consultation, which is open to all interested parties. The consultation process will be carried out as follows:
Open Public Consultation
March 21st - May 5th
Review Feedback and Prepare Changes
April 30th - May 31st
Publish Updated Standard
Key Resources for the Ecosystem Restoration Standard
We want your feedback on the standard
Synthesis of the main characteristics of ERS.
Complete documentation of ERS.
Project level principles and methodologies that the Developer and the Certification Body must implement.
Standard level principles guaranteeing best practices for project development and support.
Principles and methodologies that accredited Auditors must follow.
Terms & Definitions
Glossary for all the key terms used across the ERS documents.
While we’re encouraged to see pilots from leading standards bodies adding digital MRV into existing methodologies, important lessons can be learned by building standards from the ground up.
We’ve decided to focus on a niche that is under-certified: smaller-scale ecosystem restoration projects. We believe that this will give us an opportunity to refine the standard, ensuring the introduction of next level standards for project certification.
By focusing on four key pillars - ecosystem recovery, carbon, biodiversity, and livelihoods - the Ecosystem Restoration Standard supports nature-based solutions that provide verifiable impacts on the planet. Our projects start by conducting a baseline assessment, which allows them to develop an action plan with various objectives for each pillar. Using a range of new technologies, including transect surveys, livelihood matrices, and rapid site assessments, we continuously monitor these different baselines and measure their improvements over time. This model allows our standard to value more than just carbon, providing a more holistic approach to restoration.
The public consultation has been launched to gather input and feedback from key actors, to meet the highest Standard requirements while being implemented in a wide range of project sizes.
The public consultation is open for anyone with an interest in elevating the voluntary carbon markets.
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