Tree-Nation project validation and verification

All Tree-Nation projects have to pass our Validation and Verification process and comply with our ambitious project standard requirements

In addition, some projects also comply with some of the most relevant voluntary GHG standards (VCS/CCB, Gold Standard, PlanVivo, REDD+).

Initially, our projects must undergo a validation process which certifies the project’s compliance with our project requirement criteria. Only projects with a proven track record that fulfills these standard requirements are able to raise funds among our Tree-Nation community (these projects are called “affiliated projects”). We put strong emphasis on projects that invest in new reforestation techniques, scientific research and innovation.  

Our validation process consists in the following systematic 6 steps project evaluation:

  • Evaluation of over 40 project requirement criteria organizer around the following categories: 
    • Social Benefits & Environmental Benefits
    • Project Activities & Planting Methods
    • GHG Reduction Standards & Other key aspects
  • Project documentation review
  • Interviews of the key staff of the project
  • Recommendations of local experts
  • Project validation report
  • Approval of the Tree-Nation board

Once we have validated and affiliated a project, it has to go through a continuous verification process where:

  • We verify the actual plantation of all trees sponsored by the Tree-Nation community.
  • We monitor the well being of these trees during a period between 3-5 years in order to guarantee their survival until they can grow by themselves.
  • We supervise the planting sites during a tree lifespan between 10-20 years, in order to make sure these trees and terrains are not used for other purposes (e.g. charcoal, wood for construction, cereal plantations, cattle breeding, etc.).

Our verification process consists in the following 5 steps project surveillance and observation:

  • Tree-Nation verification and certification tools
  • Ongoing project documentation
  • Proof of planting (depending on the size of the project, this goes from geo-tagged pictures to sophisticated tracking tools and software)
  • On-site inspections (by the Tree-Nation team or third party auditors)
  • Planting action data exchange with other reforestation organizations