03 August 2022
The last six months has seen the launch of the new Wilder Carbon Standards. Evan-Bowen Jones will talk about this work, the practicalities and the approaches used. Wilder Carbon is the only not-for-profit, high integrity, scalable, natural climate solution in the UK.
Many carbon offsetting projects have rightly been criticised for “greenwashing” and threatening biodiversity. Without a thorough set of standards and clear reporting requirements, landowners keen to get into the underregulated carbon offset markets could end up worsening the natural environment, risking biodiversity and facilitating corporate purchasing of offsets in place of feasible emissions reduction.
To try and address this an expert standards board of leading figures in sustainability has been assembled from government, finance and conservation. Wilder Carbon tasked them with developing a sector-leading programme for assuring the quality of our projects. The standards lay out how we will ensure our pathfinder projects pass rigorous tests on providing genuine carbon capture and improved wildlife.
The standards outline more than 50 new requirements that need to be met to be considered high integrity enough to qualify as a Wilder Carbon project or credit purchaser. These include project deliverers demonstrating a track record for maintaining and restoring sites, the ability to capture significant amounts of carbon for at least 50 years, and the requirement of projects to achieve a minimum measurable biodiversity net gain of 50%.
Part of the CIWEM Biodiversity digital series.
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Evan Bowen-Jones, Chief Executive of Kent Wildlife Trust has been working on delivering KWTs ambitious strategy for a Wilder Kent during his 3 years in post. This strategy hinges on finding impactful local solutions to tackling the national and global nature and climate crises we all face at speed, and in the most defensible and pragmatic manner possible. It is where Wilder Carbon was born: an initiative that now has a dozen English Wildlife Trusts as well as John Muir Trust in Scotland signed up as local deliverers, making it scalable and investable.
Evan has a 25 year professional conservation background that encompasses implementation of species and landscape-level conservation projects; analysis of international policy; and working with NGOs, governments and Corporates to deliver real gains for wildlife all over the world.
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