The Global Biodiversity Standard: Introduction to the standard and assessment methodology


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The Global Biodiversity Standard (GBS),, is a new, site-based certification methodology designed to assess the impacts of tree planting, reforestation, and sustainable agricultural initiatives on biodiversity, and to mentor practitioners to achieve better biodiversity outcomes. The methodology includes remote-sensing and ground surveys carried out by ‘GBS hubs’ with offices in Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru, and Uganda located in already well-established biodiversity and ecological restoration organizations. The development of the GBS is being developed by Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), and other technical partners from CIFOR-ICRAF, Ecosia, IUCN Species Survival Commission, Plan Vivo, Reforest’Action, TRAFFIC, and In this webinar, we shall introduce the Global Biodiversity Standard and the criteria for certification. An outline of the methodology will be presented, covering (1) the use of SER’s 5-Star System to measure ecosystem integrity, including biodiversity, native, rare and threatened species, absence of invasive species, and genetic diversity, (2) a stakeholder engagement survey and (3) a review of monitoring and evaluation plans. CERPs/CERPITs: this event is pre-approved for 1 CEC.

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Pre-approved for CECs under SER's CERP program