Article 6 of the Paris Agreement recognizes that some Parties choose to pursue voluntary cooperation in the implementation of their nationally determined contributions to allow for higher ambition in their mitigation and adaptation actions and to promote sustainable development and environmental integrity. This report presents information on the latest status of Article 6 preparations in 20 countries as April 2023. These countries are among the most important past suppliers of carbon credits, and many of them host significant numbers of certified Gold Standard activities. Information on their preparations is presented in three separate categories: institutional and administrative arrangements; legislative frameworks; and infrastructure.
The relevance and importance of these three areas to Article 6 implementation is outlined in Chapter 2. Detailed factsheets presented in Chapter 3 of this report show that preparations to implement Article 6 are progressing in a wide variety of countries, with a significant geographical diversity. In particular, many African countries are actively pursuing efforts to enable their participation.