“UN-REDD seeks to support the expansion forest-based climate solutions at scale, with high environmental integrity and advancing social equality. We welcome the opportunity that TREES 2.0 presents to contribute to these outcomes. The Programme looks forward to reviewing the standard approved by the ART Board, and to continuing to work with the ART Secretariat, participating jurisdictions and interested demand-side entities to help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, and make 2021 a turning point for scaling up climate action from forests.”

Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

“Any viable pathway for keeping global warming well below 2°C is dependent on retaining the world’s intact forests. However, intact forests all over the world are under increasing threat and there is a pressing need for enhanced climate finance for their protection. The Forests for Life Partnership commends ART for introducing new pathways for High Forest Cover Low Deforestation (HFLD) jurisdictions in TREES 2.0. This recognizes forest stewards who are actively safeguarding intact forests and facilitates increased finance for their protection. These pathways include an HFLD crediting approach, fuller accounting for carbon removal by mature forests as well as an eligibility pathway for Indigenous Peoples. These could lead to more robust protection for tropical forests that delivers credible and crucial climate mitigation and other social and environmental benefits.”

The Forests for Life Partnership, made up of Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), Re:wild, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Resources Institute (WRI)

“We strongly support the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions’ effort to broaden the scope the TREES Standard to include removals, incentives for high-forest low‐deforestation (HFLD) jurisdictions, and a further pathway for participation for Indigenous Peoples. TREES 2.0 brings important potential to deliver more comprehensive and equitable incentives for forest protection, to facilitate broader participation, and to help bring sustainable economic benefits to Indigenous Peoples and local communities.”

Ruben Lubowski, AVP, Climate & Forests, and Chief Natural Resource Economist, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)