A global standard to enable the streamlined assessment of the environmental and social sustainability of productive landscapes

Ecosystem and agricultural management must be integrated if we are to conserve forests and reduce GHG emissions while meeting local and global development and food production needs.


The Landscape Standard aims to address this need. The Landscape Standard is: A global sustainable production standard to assess social and environmental outcomes at the landscape scale, linking local production to emerging green supply chain incentives and diversified sources of finance.

The new standard will:

  • Focus on small number of high-value metrics,
  • Streamline the monitoring of outcomes at the landscape scale; and
  • Mobilize private-sector investment in low-carbon, zero-deforestation commodity production.


The Landscape Standard in Practice

This new standard addresses three key Dimensions of Sustainability.

Dimensions of Sustainability







The Landscape Standard can be implemented in a landscape producing multiple commodities or a single commodity. The boundaries of a landscape can be adaptively set to assess a single commodity production area and its adjacent forests or an entire watershed.

Options for implementation across production types in a landscape.

Options for implementation across production types in a landscape


The Landscape Standard is being developed by VCS in partnership with Rainforest Alliance; Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance; Proforest; Solidaridad; Fundación Natura; the Nature Conservation Research Center; IUCN; and other international and local partners.


Further Information

Download the Landscape Standard Concept Note