ART has approved The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard (TREES). 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 and eligible subnational jurisdictions 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 help accelerate progress toward national scale accounting and implementation to achieve emissions reductions at scale and to achieve Paris Agreement goals.
The ART Secretariat hosted a series of webinars in February 2020 to provide an overview of ART and TREES. Copies of the presentation and links to recordings of the webinars are provided below.
English, Presentation, Webinar recording
Spanish, Presentation, Webinar recording
Information relating to validation and verification under TREES, including the TREES Validation and Verification Standard, associated templates, a list of approved ART validation and verification bodies, and information on applying to become an ART validation and verification body can be found here.
TREES was open for public stakeholder consultation from July 29, 2019 to September 27, 2019. The Secretariat received 46 formal submissions, as well as additional comments via webinar and email, totaling 778 individual comments. All formal submissions are available for review here. All individual comments are addressed in the TREES Comment Log. The Board considered all comments and made decisions on changes to TREES as detailed in the Statement of Reasons.