Accelerate your journey towards nature positive

Terrascape Nature Credits mitigate corporates’ supply chain risks and deliver quantified benefits to people and nature. Lets save nature, lets save ourselves.

Terrascape protocol is grounded in three guiding principles

Science Based Targets Network (SBTN)

Terrascape works with businesses to meet their land sector targets of SBTN. The Terrascape Nature credits are based on measurable, additional, and long-term increase in the Ecosystem Integrity Index (EII) across a landscape. The credits are particularly vital for advancing towards target 3  – transformative landscape actions.

The Terrascape Nature Credits are not means for businesses to buy their way out of value chain inaction, nor do they represent license of impairing biodiversity elsewhere. 

Landscape approach

A landscape approach is a holistic and integrated way of managing land and natural resources that considers the multiple interactions and interdependencies within a given landscape.

Terrascape protocol mandates a landscape approach that encapsulates integrated management, spatial planning, inclusive governance, ecological connectivity and resilience, and adaptive management. The protocol requires that the boundaries of the landscape be defined on the basis of ecological considerations and needs of key stakeholders.

Inclusive conservation

Inclusive conservation involves all key stakeholders, including local communities, indigenous peoples, and marginalized groups, in the decision-making processes. It recognizes the interconnection between social, economic, and cultural dimensions as well as the ecological aspects of the landscapes and local stakeholders within.

Terrascape protocol doesn’t incentivize nor recognize the models of conservation that focus exclusively on protecting natural resources, without considering the needs and rights of local communities and indigenous peoples who live in or depend on those resources.

What makes Terrascape Protocol unique?

Transformative landscape targets under the land sector of SBTN are based on Ecosystem integrity Index (EII). The Terrascape protocol specifies Nature Credit as measurable, additional, and long-term increase in the EII across a landscape defined based on ecological science and stakeholder consultation. Therefore, these credits directly support corporates progress towards nature positive and their land sector targets under SBTN.

Terrascape protocol has developed a proprietary Terrascape Biodiversity Intactness Index (TBII) that optimally combines globally available Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII) with biodiversity data collected through different surveys methods. The protocol ensures a balance among several complex parameters including costs of data collection, having necessary and sufficient representative species to reduce errors below a minimum threshold,  and integration of both land and non-land use drivers of biodiversity loss. 

Benefit sharing

Terrascape protocol requires that a minimum of 75% of the revenue from the sale of Nature Credits must go to the landscapes. The protocol prescribes a waterfall model to benefit sharing as illustrated in the figure.

If a national/jurisdictional framework on benefit sharing exists, a stricter of the two – i.e., jurisdictional framework or Terrascape protocol’s benefit sharing approach – must be followed. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), including on benefit sharing, must be obtained from the landowners and users, including those who have the customary rights, which haven’t yet been legally recognized. Further details on inclusive conservation and safeguards are available in the supplementary documents.

Reach out to us

We are screening several landscapes across Southeast Asia and Latin America. These landscapes are home to several endangered and endemic species. At the same time major global corporates sources deforestation risk commodities from these landscapes. Should you be interested in learning about our work or in collaborating, reach out to us.