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plan vivo
  • Plan Vivo is a framework for supporting communities to manage their natural resources more sustainably, with a view to generating climate, livelihood and ecosystem benefits. It enables the designing and certifying of community-based payments for ecosystem services. Plan Vivo came about as a result of a small-scale research project in 1994 in rural Mexico. The partners involved in the development of this project include Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management, the University of Edinburgh, El Colegio de la Fronterra Sur and several other local partners.
  • Plan Vivo project design is community-led. Communities decide which land use activities (e.g. woodlots, agroforestry, forest conservation) will best address threats to local ecosystems and are of interest and value to them. Their projects emphasize the planting of native species to ensure that the planted trees are adapted to local conditions and provide ecosystem services beyond carbon, such as soil stability, watershed protection and habitat for biodiversity. Each plan vivo is checked by the project coordinator to check it is realistic and in line with technical requirements, and will support the participant’s livelihood objectives. Using the project’s approved technical specification (which includes a methodology for calculating carbon sequestered or emissions avoided), the carbon services generated from each plan vivo are calculated. Through securing the supply of ecosystem services, community land becomes more resilient to potential future stresses, and producers/groups enter into written agreements with the project coordinator who agree to make staged payments and provide continued technical support. Plan Vivo is the only standard not to issue credits for planting exotic species.