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    • Land Use and Forestry (LUF) projects

      Does SustainCERT assist in the development of Land Use and Forestry (LUF) projects? No. To avoid conflicts of interest SustainCERT (SC) does not consult or assist in the development of LUF projects and. SC aids in auditing the certification process. ...
    • Verified Project Activity (VPA)

      Can a Voluntary Project Activity (VPA)/ Component Project Activity (CPA) be included in a Programme of Activity (PoA) without a Validation and Verification Body (VVB) compliance check? Yes. The Coordinating/Managing Entity (CME) may directly include ...
    • Programme of Activity (PoA)

      What is the objective of a Programme of Activity (PoA) Design Consultation? The objective is to seek feedback from relevant stakeholders in the following areas related to the PoA: Sustainable development impacts of the PoA Spread/location of the PoA ...
    • Timeframe Expectations

      Stakeholder Feedback Round When do I start the Stakeholder Feedback Round? The Stakeholder Feedback Round (SFR) must take a minimum of 2 weeks to complete; it must also be closed and reported on before validation is completed.   However, we recommend ...
    • New Area Certification

      What is New Area Certification? New areas are project areas that are added to (or removed from) a Gold Standard project after it achieves design certification. New Area Certification involves the process of adding or reducing areas into a registered ...
    • Popular Articles

    • How do I develop a Gold Standard (GS) project?

      The Principles and Requirements explain the process for developing a GS project. Each project goes through a process that we refer to as the “GS project cycle.” Please refer to the diagram under 5.1.2 for a complete description of the GS project ...
    • What are the fees for Land Use and Forestry (LUF) project certification?

      Preliminary Review: USD 3,500 paid to SustainCERT Validation audit: fee depends on each Validation and Verification Body (VVB). This must be discussed between the project developer and the selected VVB.  Project Design Certification: USD 1,500 paid ...
    • How to Open a Gold Standard Registry Account

      To open a Gold Standard Account please send the following documentation to registry@goldstandard.org  ·         A copy of your organisation's Certificate of Incorporation. Your company or organisation's registration number, registered office address, ...
    • How to book a Preliminary Review

      You can book a review by logging to the Sustain-Cert app.  To open your project on sustainCERT app:  Type in the URL https://impact.sustain-cert.com in any of the web browser. Enter your credentials and login to the application. Follow the steps as ...
    • Do I need to submit a validation/verification workplan under GS4GG?

      There is no formal requirement for a VVB to submit a validation and verification workplan for review under GS4GG rules.   Please note that it is the responsibility of the project developer to ensure that all applicable rules are followed, notably: ...

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