The Global Biodiversity Standard is the world’s only international standard that recognises and promotes the protection, restoration, and enhancement of biodiversity.
It provides assurance that land management interventions such as tree planting, habitat restoration and agroforestry practices undertaken by organisations and governments are protecting, safeguarding, and restoring biodiversity, rather than inadvertently causing harm.
Its mission is to replace the ‘any tree at minimal cost’ solution to climate change and tree planting with long-term, best practice solutions that combine the considerations of biodiversity, local communities, and carbon capture by providing recognition, incentives, assurance and knowledge.
The Standard will recognise projects that have a positive impact on biodiversity and are protecting, safeguarding, and restoring natural ecosystems.
By publicly recognising best practice, we will provide incentives for organisations to incorporate a diversity of native species into planting and land management programmes.
The Standard will provide assurance to governments, financiers of large-scale tree planting, and the public that initiatives are promoting and protecting biodiversity, not contributing to its decline.
The Standard will provide knowledge, data, and mentoring for policymakers, financiers, brokers, and tree planting groups to develop land management practices that protect, restore and enhance a biodiverse world.
Our mission is to halt the biodiversity crisis. The Standard will:
The Standard brings together the tried and tested knowledge of the global botanical community, with the expertise of local communities, to initiatives across the world.
As a site-based assessment and certification, all land management initiatives, including habitat restoration, tree planting and agriculture initiatives, will be eligible for certification, enabling organisations to demonstrate to the world that their climate solutions promote biodiversity and do not accelerate its decline.
Sites will be assessed against the following eight criteria, and will need to:
The criteria are based on our 10 Golden Rules for Reforestation paper which outlines how to deliver reforestation that promotes biodiversity recovery, carbon absorption, and socio-economic benefits to local communities.
Following the announcement of Standard at COP-26 in November 2021, the certification methodology is currently being tested in real world conditions with trusted partners.