The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB Standards) evaluate land management projects from the early stages of development through implementation. The CCB Standards were developed by the CCBA and have been managed by the Verra since November 2014. The CCB Standards foster the integration of best-practice and multiple-benefit approaches into project design and implementation. The CCB Standards:
- Identify projects that simultaneously address climate change, support local communities and smallholders, and conserve biodiversity.
- Promote excellence and innovation in project design and implementation.
- Mitigate risk for investors and offset buyers and increase funding opportunities for project developers.
The CCB Standards identify land management projects that deliver net positive benefits for climate change mitigation, for local communities and for biodiversity. The CCB Standards can be applied to any land management project, including projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or from avoided degradation of other ecosystems, and projects that remove carbon dioxide by sequestering carbon (e.g., reforestation, afforestation, revegetation, forest restoration, agroforestry, and sustainable agriculture) or other land management, from design through implementation and monitoring.