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We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new positive list approach within the Water Standard.

The 'Financing efficient cookstoves for rural Andean communities' project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and World Vision Australia, aims to promote the use of clean cookstoves in Andean communities. Its broad objective is to promote the development of improved cookstove (ICS) activities by reducing the current complexity of project implementation and by benefiting from the experience of existing projects. As a part of this initiative, Gold Standard has carried out an assessment of the fNRB value for four Latin American countries – Bolivia, Columbia, Honduras and Guatemala.

The fraction of Non-Renewable Biomass (NRB) assessment requires extensive collection of consistent and reliable data, which is not always available in developing countries. Determining the project-specific fNRB value is therefore a source of systemic uncertainty for the project proponent which can involve high costs and may represent a barrier to project development.

Gold Standard has assessed the fNRB values for each of these countries at a national level to reduce the project developer’s work load and provide a consistent and standardised value.

We are working with Inter-American Development Bank and World Vision Australia to promote the development of improved cookstove (ICS) activities in Peruvian Andean communities through a project called Financing efficient cookstoves for rural Andean communities. By building upon learned experience from existing cookstove initiatives, this project has reduced the complexity of project implementation and increased project efficiency. .

Gold Standard is looking at developing a methodology to calculate health benefits using Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years  (ADALYs) as the impact metric. This methodology provides a results-based finance payment mechanism from which to drive finance into initiatives that help improve lives.

We are restructuring our standard to better enable us to meet our vision of a climate secure world where sustainable development brings life changing benefits to communities everywhere. We are looking for your thoughts, feedback and suggestions on this new standard, Gold Standard 3.0.

Gold Standard is pleased to present our latest Agriculture development, the Cool Farm Methodology, for public comment. The methodology helps farmers calculate their greenhouse gas emissions and identify 'hot spots' and areas of opportunity to reduce emissions based on their individual geographies and practices. By then implementing climate-smart interventions, farmers can calculate their reductions that are eligible for Gold Standard carbon credits.

We are working with Microsol and World Vision Australia to develop an online platform for calculating greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission reductions from Gold Standard improved cookstove activities.

We're asking for feedback on a proposed initiative meant to improve transparency in carbon markets.

We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new drip irrigation methodology to quantify water savings in agriculture. This methodology is currently applicable under our Water Benefit Standard.

Earlier this year, Gold Standard published a set of principles to guide development of new requirements for certified projects in the voluntary carbon market as the rulebook for the Paris Agreement comes into force in 2021. These principles aim to ensure that the voluntary carbon market continue to catalyse new, ambitious climate action without displacing current policy ambition or corporate ambition.