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Validation Appraisal and Verification Appraisal Guidelines for SD Accreditation Scheme This document offers guidance for SD Auditors on how to conduct the validation and verification appraisals of the standalone micro-scale projects and activities under micro-programmes. The Diagram 1 (located on page 7) – explains the appraisal process and the interaction between the SD Auditor, project stakeholders, Project Proponent and The Gold Standard. SD Auditors should familiarize themselves with the following documents: GS Requirements GS Toolkit Annex T – Standalone Micro-Scale Scheme Rules Annex U – Micro-Programme Rules Annex W – Grievance Mechanism Annex H – Guidance for Do No Harm Assessment Annex I – Guidance on SD Indicators Annex AC – Indicator Questions for SD Assessment Annex AE – Standalone Micro-scale Scheme Flowcharts Annex AF – Micro-Programme Scheme Flowcharts Annex AQ – SD Appraisal Report – Validation Template Annex AR – SD Appraisal Report – Verification Template Annex G – Sustainable Development Checklist for Biomass, Hydro and Wind projects 1. Selection of the SD Auditor The selection of the SD Auditor will be done as described in the ‘SD Accreditation Scheme Requirements’. 2. SD Validation Appraisal The SD Auditors must follow the validation framework as detailed in The Gold Standard Rules and Procedures, paying special attention to the following items: Sustainable development assessment (including ‘Do No Harm’ assessment, environmental, social and economic issues, and the continuous Input & Grievance Mechanism) Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Stakeholder Consultation Stakeholder Feedback Round Sustainability Monitoring Plan 1
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3. SD Validation Appraisal steps 3.1. Desk review Prior to the onsite visit, the SD Auditor must perform a document review in order to become familiar with the project, identifying any potential risks or aspects, relating to the Sustainable Development assessment, that will need to be checked. The essential documents to be reviewed are, but not limited to: Micro-Scale PDD The Gold Standard LSC review and report Micro PoA-DD and Micro VPA-DD (only for micro-programmes) Design Consultation Report and Design Consultation Review (only for micro- programmes) Gold Standard Pre-Feasibility Assessment (if any) Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Any other supporting document for the SD assessment Following the desk review SD Auditors shall prepare a ‘SD Validation Appraisal workplan’. This workplan must be submitted to the SD Management team for feedback, prior to the onsite visit. Please refer to Annex 1 for the SD Validation Appraisal workplan template.
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