The ART Secretariat at Winrock International conducted a public stakeholder consultation process for The REDD+ Environmental Excellency Standard (TREES) from July 29, 2019 – September 27, 2019. TREES specifies requirements for the quantification, monitoring, reporting and verification of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions from REDD+ activities at a jurisdictional and national scale. TREES builds on early action pilot programs and is consistent with UNFCCC decisions including the Warsaw Framework and Cancún Safeguards. 

Under TREES, countries can generate verified emissions reduction credits by reducing their deforestation and degradation emissions and meeting precise and comprehensive requirements for accounting and crediting; monitoring, reporting and independent verification; mitigation of leakage and reversal risks; avoidance of double counting; assurance of robust environmental and social safeguards; and the transparent issuance of serialized units on a public registry. 

ART and TREES have been designed to fill a specific niche for REDD+ and to complement other REDD+ initiatives. The intent of ART and TREES is to help accelerate progress toward national scale accounting and implementation to achieve emissions reductions at scale.

Consultation Process

As part of the consultation process, the ART Secretariat hosted a series of webinars to provide an overview of TREES and gather questions and comments from stakeholders. Please follow the links below to view webinar recordings in English and Spanish.

Overview of The REDD Environmental Excellency Standard (TREES)
Visión General del Estándar de Excelencia Ambiental de REDD (TREES)
Aperçu de la norme d’excellence environnementale REDD+ (TREES)

The ART Secretariat and Board will review stakeholder comments, prepare responses, and incorporate updates into the Standard as appropriate prior to publication of TREES.

Stakeholder comments are available for review here. A full list of all comments and responses will be made available upon the publication of TREES.

Process Documentation