The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards identify projects that simultaneously address climate change, support local communities and smallholders, and conserve biodiversity.
Sustainable development in all parts of the world involves land management. When carefully designed, land management projects can improve livelihoods, create employment, protect traditional cultures and endangered species, help secure tenure to lands and resources, increase the resiliency of ecosystems and help to combat climate change. The CCB Standards can be applied to any land management project, including projects under the VCS Program, to certify such climate, community, and biodiversity benefits.
Almost 200 projects have been validated to the CCB Standards, over 50 of which have achieved full verification. CCB projects span over 60 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Projects validated and verified to the CCB Standards encompass more than 10 million hectares, an area the size of Iceland.
The CCB Standards are the leading standard used in conjunction with VCS agriculture, forestry and land use (AFOLU) projects, commanding preferential market access. The standards can be applied to all types of land management project, including reforestation, afforestation, revegetation, forest restoration, agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, and other land management.