Global Conservation Standard


Global Conservation Standard e.V.

The GCS is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization registered in Offenburg, Germany (VR1078)

GCS Technical Panel

The Technical Panel (TP) is comprised of recognized global experts with specialized skills in the areas of conservation biology and economics. The role of the TP is to provide technical steering and guidance of the GCS, assist the approval of GCS documentation, methodologies, entities and projects, provide technical review / feedback of project documents and 3rd party assessment reports and assist in the awareness raising of the GCS and its partner organizations. Meeting minutes are publicly accessible.

Stakeholder Fund

Stakeholder Funds are established in each country where the GCS has a presence, using a standardized, transparent and highly structured framework. Pending on the geographical size of the country, the GCS may establish more than one Stakeholder Fund for ease of facilitation of in-country projects.

The Stakeholder Fund is designed to channel finance, technology and commercial expertise to the neighborhood of conservation projects. It helps mitigating poverty and improves sustainable livelihoods of rural communities through:

  • The establishment of sustainable agroforestry practices
  • The establishment of ethical and sustainable cash crops
  • The establishment of sustainable timber plantations
  • Providing training and capacity building opportunities to local and rural communities
  • Increasing awareness of the realities of global climate change and its mitigation

Auditing and Monitoring

Accredited independent auditors independently control GCS projects and services. Monitoring of the conservation management plan documentation and its application on the ground is carried out annually, which coincides with CCU registration and project administration. The process is supported by modern satellite technology and data imagery. Documentation is publicly accessible, most of it in real time (to come).

GCS Registry

The project registry lists all projects validated under the GCS and provides access to their complete documentation and monitoring results.

Partners & Alliances

biocarbon economics Ltd.
Biocarbon consult is a global network of experts in the fields of land use, forestry and bioenergy and pulls together the best available expertise in respective task forces to offer regional and country specific service. biocarbon consult consult’s clients are companies, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and governments. Services include institution building and capacity development, mitigation and adaptation portfolio analysis, mitigation-project related services, independent expert statements, negotiation strategies, project & methodology review, and post-2020 policy advice. In the field of development policies, biocarbon economics engages in climate proofing of ODA projects, and working the overlap between climate and other multilateral environmental agreements.

Double Helix Tracking Technologies
logo-double-helixDouble Helix Tracking Technologies have developed the world’s first global timber DNA library, mainly used for the purpose of tracking of timber from production areas to ensure traceability from stump to store. DHTT uses reliable, scientifically proven methodologies to collect samples and catalogue commercial timber species from registered conservation projects. Complementing real-time satellite monitoring carried out in GCS certified projects, it is possible to trace batches of illegal timber and test them against the DNA library, thus providing front line-state of the art technology to reduce illegal logging, reduce the risk of encroachment and increase conservation project robustness to international investors.