Despite universal agreement on the essential role of forests in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and reversing the worst effects of global warming, they are being lost at alarming rates.

We urgently need to mobilize capital at scale for protecting and restoring tropical forests.

These actions can contribute up to one third of the climate results the world needs over the next two decades, representing a gigaton-scale mitigation opportunity.

This is why we created the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions, ART.

ART is a voluntary international initiative that seeks to incentivize countries to enhance carbon stocks through forest restoration and forest protection – a process known as REDD+ – by providing access to carbon market financing.

ART’s standard for the measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of reductions and removals from the forest sector — The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard, known as TREES — represents the next step in the evolution of global efforts to protect and restore tropical forests.

By enhancing transparency, credibility and integrity, ART aims to unlock large-scale solutions from forests to achieve the ambitious global climate goals in the Paris Agreement.

ART offers a rigorous standard and comprehensive process to transparently register, verify and issue REDD+ emission reductions and removals credits that embody high environmental and social integrity.

ART aims to serve as a global quality benchmark for forest emission reductions and removals that can enter fungible carbon offset markets and provide credible results for buyers of REDD+ credits.

11.3 Billion Metric Tons The potential annual GHG emissions reductions from forest protection and restoration, equivalent to halting global oil production.