What is New Area Certification?

What is New Area Certification?

New areas are project areas that are added to (or removed from) a Gold Standard project after it achieves design certification. New Area Certification involves the process of adding or reducing areas into a registered Gold Standard project.

New Area Certification applies only to land use and forest projects, see Land Use and Forests (LUF) Activity Requirements Version 1.2.1, section 2.1.15.  
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