Verra is opening a public consultation on use of non-native monocultures in Voluntary Carbon Standard Program; Currently, forestry-related projects are not allowed to introduce non-native monocultures but feedback indicates need for further consultation

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October 24, 2023 (press release) –

Verra is opening a public consultation on the use of non-native monocultures in the VCS Program.

Currently, projects implementing afforestation, reforestation, and revegetation and wetlands restoration and conservation activities are not allowed to introduce non-native monocultures, per Section 3.19.27(3) of the VCS Standard, v4.5 (PDF).

Verra introduced this requirement following a public consultation that ran from June 27 through July 31, 2023. It was intended to help ensure that activities implemented by VCS Program-certified projects do not negatively impact ecosystem services.

Feedback on the introduction of this requirement indicated further consultation and potential refinement of the requirement was merited. Therefore, we invite comments on the proposed updates in the consultation document, especially on the questions in the “Requested Feedback” sections. Please provide feedback via the provided Google Form by November 26, 2023.

The planned timeline for implementing the consultation and publishing the proposed updates is set out below.

Tentative Timeline Activity
October 24 – November 26, 2023 Public consultation
November 27 – December 31, 2023 Review of public consultation and other feedback
End of January 2024 Publication of potential VCS Program update/clarification and consultation responses

We look forward to your feedback. As you engage in this consultation, please let us know if you have any questions by emailing 

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