“With these common standards, it doesn’t matter whether you’re growing potatoes in Ireland, or vanilla in Madagascar, or palm oil in Malaysia, or soybeans in the United States: everybody will have the same small set of proxy metrics that we all agree and collect data on,” says Tony Simons, Executive Director of Resilient Landscapes and CIFOR-ICRAF.
Crucially, community members involved with ALPS will be trained to collect data, meaning that monitoring and adaptation can take place on an ongoing basis. This is a stark contrast to the current status quo of consultants who visit sites just once a year, parachuting in and out, which makes it difficult for them to assess the reality on the ground.
As a universal but adaptable system, to which extra metrics can be added as desired, ALPS will also prove extremely useful for national governments, particularly for things like reporting on Nationally Determined Contributions to the U.N. Paris Agreement on Climate Change (NDCs).
Jason Clay, Senior Vice-President for Markets at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), praised the ALPS’ focus on local realities and has signed on to be one of our lead partners for its implementation.
ALPS will focus on innovation and flexibility to ensure new areas of thinking – such as supporting new tools like green bonds and establishing new land use criteria. The ALPS framework will be applied to all Resilient Landscapes projects going forwards in an effort to ensure the highest return for both people and planet.