Scheme Timeline

The following outlines the proposed timetable for the development and establishment of the Reef Credit Scheme

Date Milestone
30th October 2018 Presentation of draft Reef Credit Standard and Guide to key stakeholders
12th November 2018 Public Consultation on draft Reef Credit Standard and Guide commences
Throughout November 2018 Targeted stakeholder briefings on draft Reef Credit Standard and Guide

12th December 2018


January-February 2019

Public Consultation on draft Reef Credit Standard and Guide concludes

Consideration and response to Public Consultation on draft Reef Credit Standard and Guide

March 2019 Presentation of finalised Reef Credit Standard and Guide
April 2019 Development of Methodology Approval Procedures
May 2019 Establishment of Technical Advisory Committee
Mid-late 2019 Peer review of first Methodologies
Early 2020 Establishment of formal governance arrangements

Early 2020

Early 2020

Registration of first Reef Credit Projects

Issuance of first Reef Credits

Next steps

Peer Review of the First Proposed Methodologies
Peer reviewers will be appointed by the Secretariat as subject matter experts to ensure methodologies are theoretically rigorous, scientifically robust and practically workable. The process for peer review of methodologies is set out in the Reef Credit Standard, Schedule 5.

The peer review process will include broader public consultation on the proposed methodology. The public consultation period will run for 30 days in parallel with the subject matter expert review.

Establishment of Governing Body
An independent skills based Board of Directors will be established to provide oversight to the Reef Credit Scheme. It is anticipated that the Board will be established in early 2020 at which time the first Reef Credit Projects may be submitted for approval.

All components of the Reef Credit Scheme, including the governance arrangements, will be reviewed at the end of the beta phase. The revised arrangements will then be formally ratified by the Board.