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The first global set of standards for certifying land use projects that link climate change, biodiversity and poverty have been drawn up by the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), a group of environmental organisations, academic institutions and major companies.

The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards will apply to rich and poor countries and will help the private sector and government agencies to identify and encourage projects that mitigate or adapt to climate change and have a positive impact on local communities and biodiversity. These might include initiatives that reduce or prevent emissions, sequester carbon (through, for example, reforestation) or develop alternatives to fossil fuels.

To earn certification, a project will need to score at least 50 of 100 available points in each of three categories: climate; biodiversity; and community. The CCBA is hoping that feedback from around the world will help ensure the standards are more than an academic exercise, but rather a practical tool. They are available online for review and comment at until 15 July 2004.

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