Gold standard Conference and Tocantins case study

Ofra Bosma and  Tim Schloendorn  from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) – Switzerland had the chance to meet several key stakeholders of the voluntary carbon market on the annual meeting of the Gold Standard on 18th and 19th September in Geneva. The technical personal of the Gold Standard expressed interest in the research results and confirmed that the plans for transfer in Tocantins are along the lines of their own development towards a standard for certifying projects in “climate smart agriculture”. This was an important first step to gain access to carbon finance for the cattle ranchers in Tocantins. Today, carbon finance only allows to efficiently address energy related deforestation, so participating in the process of shaping the rules of the voluntary market is a necessary step to achieve a successful transfer to projects lowering the impact of increased cattle production.