Climate Resources

Training Materials

Rainforest Alliance, in collaboration with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), developed the following training modules to assist carbon project developers and project proponents in interpreting and implementing the criteria of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards. These materials can be used in a workshop setting or for individual self-guided use and provide both an introduction to the CCB Standards Second Edition and in-depth guidance on each of the major sections of the standard -- climate, community and biodiversity. They are designed to highlight commonalities amongst these sections, as well as to drill-down into addressing obstacles that a project may face in meeting specific criteria.

Module 1: CCB Standards Training Introduction: [PPTX, 3.5MB] [PDF, 2.58MB]
en español: [PPTX, 3.36MB] [PDF, 4.38MB]
Provides an overview of the CCBA and the CCB standards, a basic review of the validation and verification process, as well as guidance on how to best navigate Modules 2-5.

Module 2: CCB Standards General Criteria: [PPTX, 6.64MB] [PDF, 3.47MB]
en español: [PPTX, 6.61MB] [PDF, 5.97MB]
Provides an introduction to the requirements of the General Criteria of the CCB standards, which includes criteria regarding baseline projections; project design and goals; and management capacity and best practices. This module provides an in-depth look at some of these key criteria and promotes analysis through detailed case studies.

Module 3: CCB Standards Climate Criteria: [PPTX, 15.2MB] [PDF, 6.75MB]
en español: [PPTX, 15.1MB] [PDF, 4.57MB]
This module provides an introduction to the CCB standard climate impact requirements; an overview of techniques and tools for implementing climate impact assessments; and a review of the 4 key stages to climate impact assessment for project development.

Module 4: CCB Standards Community Criteria: [PPTX, 19.5MB] [PDF, 5.45MB]
en español: [PPTX, 13.5MB] [PDF, 5.95MB]
This module provides an introduction to the CCB Standards social impact requirements; and overview of techniques and tools for implementing social impact assessments; and a review of the 4 key stages of community impact assessment and monitoring in the CCB Standards.

Module 5: CCB Standards Biodiversity Criteria: [PPTX, 2.21MB] [PDF, 4.01MB]
en español: [PPTX, 2.18MB] [PDF, 4.09MB]
This module provides an introduction to the CCB Standards biodiversity impact requirements; an overview of techniques and tools for implementing a biodiversity impact assessment; and review of the 4 stages of biodiversity impact assessment and monitoring in the CCB Standards.

Please note that these materials are best utilized when downloaded as PowerPoint presentations as there are guidance notes and interactive slides that cannot be captured in PDF format.


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - The IPCC was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change.

Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change - The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change assesses the economic challenges of climate change and how they can be met, both in the United Kingdom and globally. Published in 2006, the review is considered by many to be the most comprehensive study on the subject.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change - The Pew Center on Global Climate Change brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists and other experts to bring a new approach to a complex and often controversial issue. Our approach is based on sound science, straight talk and a belief that we can work together to protect the climate while sustaining economic growth.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Web Platform - Parties, relevant organizations and stakeholders submit information relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) to this Web Platform.

Forests and Their Impact on the Climate

Climate Change: Financing Global Forests - An independent report to the United Kingdom government that aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of international financing to reduce forest loss and its associated impacts on climate change. The Review focuses on the scale of finance required to produce significant reductions in forest carbon emissions, and the mechanisms that, if designed well, can achieve this effectively to help meet a global climate stabilization target. It also examines how mechanisms to address forest loss can contribute to poverty reduction, as well as the importance of preserving other ecosystem services such as biodiversity and water services.

Forests NOW in the Fight Against Climate Change - In 2007, hundreds of people from across the world -- including heads of state, forest peoples, eminent scientists and economists, businesses and NGOs -- called for urgent action to protect tropical forests by signing the Forests Now Declaration. The Forests Now Report is an overview of the ecosystem services provided to humanity, the effects of deforestation and its contribution to climate change, detailing the drivers, implications and potential solutions to reduce it.

Prince's Rainforests Project - The Prince's Rainforests Project works with governments, business, NGOs and individuals to increase global recognition of the contribution of tropical deforestation to climate change and to find ways to make the rainforests worth more alive than dead.

Carbon Markets

Ecosystem Marketplace - The Ecosystem Marketplace provides comprehensive information on markets and payment schemes for ecosystem services, including details on prices, regulation, science and other market-relevant issues.