Requirements for certification of adaptation design & outcomes - Terms of Reference
The most recent IPCC report shows, neither nations, industries, nor local communities are on track to meet mitigation goals of less than 2 0C above industrial levels. In other words, even accelerated efforts to reduce carbon emissions are not going to prevent material climate change impacts. It is essential that countries, cities, and communities start taking action to adapt to a warming world, whilst simultaneously continuing to reduce their emissions.
Gold Standard has partnered with Resilient Cities Catalyst’s (RCC) to develop standard requirements to help design and develop adaptation projects, furthering our support to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Through the establishment and scaled application of such a standard – in partnership with international agencies and programs, development finance and private finance providers, global and national local authority networks, and major non-profit organizations – Gold Standard aims to improve the quantity and quality of the pipeline for adaptation projects that build local resilience, and to support the mobilisation of climate finance towards such projects.
GOLD STANDARD REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION OF ADAPTATION DESIGN & OUTCOMES
The ToRs explain the nature of our work and identify the process we have followed to develop the draft requirements, and clarify how stakeholders can engage in our work on the subject of Adaptation. The publication of the ToRs adhere to the ISEAL Code of Good Practice. They are issued ahead of the public consultation on the requirements which we shall publish in September.