All Program Documents

All VCS requirements are included in the Version 3 documents below.

Documents are updated periodically. Please check this page to be sure you are using the latest version of a given document.

For a running catalogue of all updates, see the Updates to VCS Version 3.

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Requirements
VCS Program Guide, v3.5

Current Version: v3.5 Issued: 8 October 2013

The VCS Program Guide is the overarching VCS Program document. It sets out all rules and requirements governing the VCS Program, including the project registration process, the methodology approval process, the accreditation requirements for validation/verification bodies, and the functioning of the VCS registry system.

VCS Standard, v3.4

Current Version: v3.4 Issued: 8 October 2013

The VCS Standard sets out all specific requirements for developing projects and methodologies, and for the validation, monitoring and verification of projects and GHG emission reductions and removals. Four sub-documents elaborate on specific aspects of VCS Standard, setting out detailed requirements for AFOLU and ODS projects and methodologies, as well as program definitions and fees.

AFOLU Requirements, v3.4

Current Version: v3.4 Issued: 8 October 2013

The AFOLU Requirements document sets out detailed requirements for developing projects and methodologies in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector.

JNR Requirements, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 8 October 2013

The JNR Requirements sets out detailed requirements for national and subnational Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) programs and nested projects.

ODS Requirements, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 19 October 2011

The ODS Requirements document sets our detailed requirements for projects and methodologies that destroy ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

Program Definitions, v3.5

 Current Version: v3.5 Issued: 8 October 2013

Program Definitions is a reference that defines all terms used in VCS Program documents.

Program Fee Schedule, v3.4

Current Version: v3.4 Issued: 8 October 2013

The Program Fee Schedule sets out the fees applicable under the VCS Program.

Procedural
Registration & Issuance Process, v3.5

Current Version: v3.5 Issued: 8 October 2013

The Registration & Issuance Process documents sets out the procedures and rules for registering projects and issuing Verified Carbon Units (VCUs).

Methodology Approval Process, v3.5

Current Version: v3.5 Issued: 8 October 2013

The Methodology Approval Process document sets out procedures and rules for the approval of VCS methodology elements.

AFOLU Non-Permanence Risk Tool, v3.2

Current Version: v3.2 Issued: 4 October 2012

The AFOLU Non-Permanence Risk Tool sets out the procedure for conducting non-permanence risk analysis and buffer determination for AFOLU projects.

JNR Validation and Verification Process, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 8 October 2013

The JNR Validation and Verification Process document sets out the procedures and rules for reviewing national and subnational jurisdictional and nested REDD+ (JNR) programs.

JNR Registration and Issuance Process, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 8 October 2013

The JNR Registration and Issuance Process document sets out the procedures and rules for registering national and subnational JNR programs. 

JNR Non-Permanence Risk Tool, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 8 October 2013

The JNR Non-Permanence Risk Tool sets out the procedure for conducting non-permanence risk analysis and buffer determination for JNR programs.

Project Templates & Forms
Project Description, v3.2

Current Version: v3.2 Issued: 8 October 2013

Project description template

Monitoring Report, v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 8 October 2013

Monitoring report template

Registration Representation, v3.2

Current Version: v3.2 Issued: 8 October 2013

Deed of representation issued in respect of the project

Registration Representation (multiple PPs), v3.2

Current Version: v3.2 Issued: 8 October 2013

Deed of representation issued in respect of the project with multiple project proponents

Issuance Representation, v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 8 October 2013

Deed of representation issued in respect of GHG emission reductions or removals

Issuance Representation (multiple PPs), v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 8 October 2013

Deed of representation issued in respect of GHG emission reductions or removals from projects with multiple project proponents

Listing Representation, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Deed of representation issued in respect of the pipeline project

Listing Representation (multiple PPs), v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 1 May 2012

Deed of representation issued in respect of the pipeline project with multiple project proponents

Validation Report, v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 8 October 2013

Validation report template

Validation Representation, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Deed of representation issued in respect of validation

Verification Report, v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 8 October 2013

Verification report template

Verification Representation, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Deed of representation issued in respect of verification

Non-Permanence Risk Report, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Risk report template (long form) for describing and analyzing the non-permanence risk for AFOLU projects

Non-Permanence Risk Report (Short Form), v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 4 October 2012

Risk report template for describing and analyzing the non-permanence risk for AFOLU projects, for use with Risk Report Calculation Tool

Risk Report Calculation Tool, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 4 October 2012

Risk report calculation tool for calculating and documenting the non-permanence risk for AFOLU projects, for use as annex to Non-Permanence Risk Report (long or short form)

Loss Event Report, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 1 February 2012

Loss event report template for estimating an unplanned loss of carbon stock for AFOLU projects

Loss Event Representation, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Deed of representation issued in respect of the loss event report, for project proponents

Methodology, v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 8 October 2013

Methodology template

Module, v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 8 October 2013

Module template (for tools and modules)

Methodology Approval Process Submission Form, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Form for submitting a methodology element to the VCSA

Methodology Element Approval Request Form, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Form for requesting final approval of a methodology element from the VCSA

Methodology Assessment Report Template, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 8 October 2013

Report template for validation/verification bodies conducting a first or second methodology assessment.

Methodology Expert Application Form, v3.3

Current Version: v3.3 Issued: 4 October 2012

Form for submitting an application to become a methodology assessment expert 

Accession Representation, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 8 March 2011

Deed of representation issued in respect of project proponents joining a project

Partial Release Representation, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 8 March 2011

Deed of representation issued in respect of project proponents leaving a project

VCU Conversion Representation, v3.1

Current Version: v3.1 Issued: 4 October 2012

Deed of representation issued in respect of conversion of GHG credits into VCUs

VCS+CCB Project Description Template, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 26 November 2012

Project description template for projects pursuing certification under VCS and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards

VCS+CCB Monitoring & Implementation Report Template, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 26 November 2012

Monitoring and implementation report template for projects pursuing certification under VCS and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards

VCS+CCB Validation Report Template, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 26 November 2012

Validation report template for projects pursuing certification under VCS and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards

VCS+CCB Verification Report Template, v3.0

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 26 November 2012

Verification report template for projects pursuing certification under VCS and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards

JNR Program Description

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 19 December 2013

JNR program description template for the development of jurisidctional REDD+ programs applying Scenario 2 or 3.

JNR Baseline Description

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 19 December 2013

JNR baseline description template for the development of jurisdictional baselines applying Scenario 1.

JNR Non-Permanence Risk Report

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 19 December 2013

Risk report template for describing and analyzing the non-permanence risk for jurisdictional REDD+ programs.

JNR Expert Application Form

Current Version: v3.0 Issued: 19 December 2013

Form for submitting an application to become a JNR expert.

Guidance
Validation and Verification Manual

Supports validation/verification bodies (VVBs) and other VCS stakeholders to consistently and accurately interpret VCS Program requirements and procedures.

VCS+CCB Project Development Process

Guides project developers pursuing project certification under VCS and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards

Guidance for Standardized Methods

Assists methodology developers apply standardized methods requirements set out in the VCS Standard and Methodology Approval Process.

Guidance for Loss Events

Provides examples for determining the proper number of credits to be placed on hold or cancelled due to a loss event in a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) project.

Guidance for ARR Applying CDM Methodologies

Clarifies how Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR) projects must follow VCS AFOLU Requirements and a CDM Afforestation/Reforestation (A/R) methodology.

Guidance for ARR Calculating Long-Term Average Carbon Stock

Provides scenarios for calculating the average carbon stock over various harvesting cycles for Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR) and Improved Forest Management (IFM) projects.

Guidance on Double Counting

Provides guidance on various forms of double counting and how these should be addressed