Expert Committees

VCS requirements are drafted in collaboration with global experts and subjected to peer review and public consultation before being approved for use by the VCS Board. This open approach ensures VCS requirements combine state-of-the-art knowledge with global good practice, and it prevents any one organization or scientific viewpoint from gaining undue influence. Experts from organizations around the world, including the CDM Meth Panel, the World Bank and leading non-profit and private sector organizations, join VCS expert committees.

Climate, Community & Biodiversity Steering Committee

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Steering Committee is responsible for the governance, strategic direction and ongoing development of the CCB Standards, ensuring that they stimulate and promote land management activities that credibly mitigate global climate change, improve the wellbeing and reduce the poverty of local communities, and conserve biodiversity. The CCB Steering Committee comprises representatives of each Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) member organization and is co-chaired by VCS and the CCBA Secretariat. Read more about the CCB Standards.

AFOLU Steering Committee

The Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use sector (AFOLU) Steering Committee began work in 2007 to develop requirements for crediting land-based projects that curb emissions or sequester carbon. The committee's work has made VCS a leader in crediting new project types and approaches in the AFOLU sector and a top global standard for crediting avoided deforestation projects. Today the committee is an integral part of VCS that continues to guide work in the AFOLU sector. Committee members are currently advising the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD initiative as well as rules to credit new AFOLU project types. AFOLU Steering Committee members. Read more about current AFOLU initiatives

AFOLU Technical Working Groups

AFOLU Technical Working Groups are convened to refine or develop AFOLU requirements for the VCS Program. Technical Working Groups and members. Read more about current AFOLU initiatives

Advisory Committee on Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+

An Advisory Committee was convened in February 2011 to provide strategic input for development of the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) initiative. The initiative gathered input from advisory committee members and technical experts to create guidelines and criteria for the integrated, jurisdciction-wide accounting and crediting of REDD+ projects, policies and programs. Advisory Committee members. Read more about the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD initiative

Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Leakage and Non-Permanence Working Groups

Working groups were convened in January 2013 to focus on the development of tools for JNR programs to manage leakage and assess non-permanence risk of carbon stocks. Working Group members. Read more about the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD initiative

Steering Committee on Standardized Methods for Baselines and Additionality

An expert steering committee was convened in October 2010 to create guidelines for developing standardized methods for determining baselines and additionality, notably performance methods (or benchmarks) and activity methods (or positive lists). Steering Committee members. Read more about Standardized Methods

AFOLU Expert Assessment Panel

An AFOLU Expert Assessment Panel was established in 2009 to review the qualifications of potential AFOLU experts. AFOLU assessment panel members review the qualifications of AFOLU experts and recommend candidates to VCS. AFOLU Expert Assessment Panel members

VVB Working Group

A working group comprised of representatives from validation/verification bodies (VVBs) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was convened in 2011 to provide input on development of the Validation and Verification Manual. The manual is intended to support VVBs and help enhance the quality and transparency of VCS projects. VVB Working Group

VCS Steering Committee

The original VCS Steering Committee of 19 global carbon market experts was established in 2006 and worked for more than a year to develop the first VCS Standard. The Steering Committee convened seven technical working groups to address specific topics, including governance, additionality, validation and verification, registry systems, forestry and land use, performance standards and general policy issues. VCS Steering Committee members

Compensation Mechanism Steering Committee

A Compensation Mechanism Steering Committee was established in 2009 to explore ways to incentivize the development of new, streamlined and broadly applicable methodologies. The steering committee developed a unqiue mechanism to reward VCS methodology developers when others use their work. Today VCS rebates 20 percent of the levy on every VCU issued to methodology developers when a project uses the methodology they developed. This establishes a real incentive for methodology developers to create new, broadly applicable approaches to curbing GHG emissions. Compensation Mechanism Steering Committee members