Standard Overview


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The Standard and Guidance are presented on this website to allow project proponents, validators, experts and other stakeholders to comment and make inputs to aid the process of improvement. The sharing of experiences, data and practical lessons between projects makes the Natural Forest Standard one of the most transparent and responsive certification schemes available to project developers.

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Scope and Intended Users

The Natural Forest Standard is intended for use by developers of medium and large scale projects (projects must be greater than 20,000 ha to be eligible) who wish to conserve and restore natural forest at risk from deforestation and degradation in areas that are not under community or smallholder control or management.

How is the Standard Maintained and Improved?

Revision of the Standard is an interactive process; project developers, carbon buyers, validation teams and local stakeholders are asked to provide feedback on the standard as it is being used; suggestions and comments are collated by the NFS Technical Panel, and the standard is updated periodically based on this input.

The revisions and updates to the Standard focus on improving the usability and practicality of the standard; the standard should provide simple, easy-to-follow instructions for all aspects of the project cycle. Reviews of the standard are a deliberative multi-stakeholder process, with the aim of providing a better service for users of the standard.

Updated guidance is reviewed by independent experts to ensure the robustness of the Standard.

The NFS will take account of developments in the international REDD+ framework, and in voluntary carbon markets.

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