Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR)

A growing number of projects to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and sustainably manage forests and enhance forest carbon stocks (collectively referred to as REDD+) are being implemented around the world. Many of these projects use the VCS Program to quantify carbon benefits.

At the same time, governments are establishing new policies and programs to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the forest sector of entire national or subnational jurisdictions. However, a lack of guidance on robust and transparent accounting and verification approaches at the jurisdictional level, and uncertainty surrounding international climate policy, has prevented the integration and scaling up of government-led and project-level REDD+ activities.

To fill this void, VCS developed the world’s first Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) Framework for accounting and crediting REDD+ programs, whether implemented at the national or subnational (state) scale. The resulting framework also establishes a clear pathway for existing and new subnational jurisdictional activities and projects to be integrated (or “nested”) within broader (higher-level) jurisdictional REDD+ programs.

Piloting JNR Programs

VCS is advancing a number of groundbreaking JNR pilot activities around the world at both national and subnational scales.

JNR pilot programs establish a clear pathway for verifying forest-related emission reductions at the jurisdictional scale. Pilot programs will increase the confidence of policymakers, donors and investors in REDD+, contributing to the scaling-up of activities that effectively tackle deforestation and forest degradation, significantly reduce global emissions, and generate positive benefits for local and indigenous communities.

JNR Documents 

Download the JNR Requirements

Dowload the JNR Non-Permenance Risk Tool

Download the JNR Leakage Tool

Overview and Benefits of JNR

Program Design Guidance for Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+

Technical Guidance for Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Programs

Additional JNR Resources and History 

JNR pilot programs

Read the JNR factsheet   

Watch the JNR webinar

Development of the JNR initiative

Read the report from the October 2015 VCS workshop Financing Sustainable Land Management