GDI Papers

This page provides a selection of key GDI papers.

GDI Phase 3 Papers

Please visit the VCA Registry for current information on establishing a marketplace for Verified Conservation. It includes the VCA Standard and the VCA Toolkit.

GDI Phase 2 Papers

Information Document for the CBD WGRi4
– April 2012 – Contains the BioAreas Reference Guide, the working paper on the Business Case for BioAreas, and the reports of GDI4 and GDI3

GDI4 Outcome Statement for the CBD Process

GDI4 Outcome Statement for the Rio+20 Process

Working Papers for the 4th GDI Expert Meeting

These papers were drafted in preparation for the 4th GDI Expert Meeting which took place in March 2012 in Sao Paulo.

The Business Case for BioAreas

BioAreas Reference Guide – Version 1

Biodiversity Areas Reference Guide – Version 00

GDI Reference Guide – Version 0

Working Papers for the 3rd GDI Expert Meeting

These working papers were prepared to support the development of the GDI Reference Guide. They served as the background documents for the 3rd Expert Meeting on the GDI, which took place in October 2011 in Nairobi.

01 Addressing land issues and green development
– Explores the critical issue of land tenure and best practices

02 Guidance for establishing green development certification
– Provides guidance for development of a standard and certification scheme

03 Establishing green development principles and criteria
-Suggests a set of outcome and operational principles

04 Potential demand for green development certification
– Explores the business case for financing

05 Green development certification vis-à-vis other modalities
– Looks at linkages to other biodiversity-relevant financing modalities

06 Prototype green development guidance for a project information note
– Initial guidance for a Management Authority interested in certification

07 Prototype green development certification reference guide
– A rough start to a comprehensive certification guide

– Answers to 20 frequently asked questions about the GDI

GDI Phase 1 Papers

For infomation on key papers and documents produced during Phase 1 from CBD COP9 in May 2008 to CBD COP10 in October 2010, please go to: