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The Rainforest Standard™ is the world’s first forest carbon credit standard to fully integrate requirements and protocols for carbon accounting, socio-cultural/socio-economic impacts, and biodiversity outcomes.  In 2009, Cargill S.A. and other sponsors invested in a unique collaboration among Columbia University’s Center for Environment, Economy, and Society (CEES|CU), and five leading environmental trust funds (ETFs) from Amazon Basin countries (Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia) to create an innovative forest carbon standard that would attract significant levels of private capital to support projects that would provide meaningful long-term reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from forest conversion (popularly referred to as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation – REDD – projects).

James Warfield – Center for Environment, Economy and Society (CEES) Columbia University
Walter Behr – Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Environmental Ministry of Brazil Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade
Don Melnick – Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) & Director Center for Environment, Economy, and Society (CEES), Columbia University