How important are forests?
According to the FAO 13 million hectares are being deforested every year and an area of over 100 million hectares count as ’degraded forests’. Today, over 1.6 billion people’s livelihoods depend on forests, which generates an economic value of over US$300 billion.

To ensure we maintain the highest standards our Technical Advisory Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss regulatory decisions for methodologies, rules and procedures. For more information on our latest rule updates>>

 Description  Fee (USD)
 Annual Registry Account Fee  $1000 per account
 Pre-feasibility Assessment  $3500
 Gold Standard review  $1500
 Issuance fee  $0.30 per CO2 certificate issued

The certification costs from the independent auditor depend primarily on the scale, complexity and location of a project. A project must be certified every 5 years. The average price for an ‘Initial Certification’ is US$ 20,000. The cost of a ‘Performance Certification’ is about US$ 10,000.

Afforestation/Reforestation Methodologies


The methodology to determine the net carbon stock of A/R projects is included in the requirements. The following guideline describes the procedure that needs to be followed for any methodology that seeks approval under the ‘Gold Standard Land Use & Forests’ scope:

PDF icon Guidelines for our methodology approval process