The Plan Vivo Foundation is a registered Scottish charity, set up to develop and oversee the Plan Vivo Standard and System and lobby for Plan Vivo principles.
The Foundation’s charitable aims are:
- Relieving poverty in developing countries through engaging rural communities in sustainable land-use projects;
- Promoting environmental protection and improvement through biodiversity conservation and the restoration, protection and management of terrestrial ecosystems;
- Building local capacity through the transfer of knowledge, skills and resources to developing countries;
The Plan Vivo Foundation has the competence and responsibility to do the following:
- Take all decisions on the registration and status of projects;
- Annually review projects and coordinate third-party validation and approve verifiers;
- Approve technical specifications and coordinate reviews by experts;
- Issue Plan Vivo Certificates in respect of ecosystem services generated and record all issuances in a registry;
- Review, update and develop the Plan Vivo Standard in consultation with stakeholders;
- Maintain and disseminate clear and up-to-date information about the Plan Vivo System, Standards and projects;
- Lobby for pro-poor, participatory approaches to forest management and land-use.
Board of Trustees
All amendments to the Standards must be approved by the Plan Vivo Foundation Board of Trustees. The Trustee’s expertise includes forest ecology and conservation, environmental management, international development, business administration, finance, climate change and environmental sustainability, bio-energy and project management. The Board of Trustees meets a minimum of four times per year.
Ina Porras joined the Plan Vivo board in January 2012 and brings a wealth of experience in markets for environmental services to tackle rural poverty and also a specialisation in watershed management activities. She currently works as a researcher, in the Sustainable Markets Group at IIED in Edinburgh. Her previous research roles include roles at the University of Massachusetts and the Tropical Science Center in Costa Rica.
Jessica joined the board in 2010. She is the Director of Forestry at the American Carbon Registry, and has more than twelve years’ experience with forest carbon project development. Jessica has a history of involvement with Plan Vivo, having worked for Energy for Sustainable Development in Edinburgh, she was involved in the development of Plan Vivo projects in Mexico, Uganda and Mozambique. Prior to joining ACR, Jessica held posts including VP of Environmental Markets at Equator LLC and Head of US Project Implementation at EcoSecurities. Jessica holds a B.S. in Biology and a Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Vermont.
Charlie has been involved in environmental management and communication for over fifteen years, as a consultant, project developer and marketer of carbon credits. After working at ERM for four years, in 2000 he joined the Carbon Neutral Company and sold Plan Vivo Certificates. In 2008, he established Climate Futures, providing consultancy and communication support to researchers, businesses and communities in Africa and Europe on agroforestry, climate adaptation and carbon reduction. Charlie is studying a forestry MSc and has a diploma in journalism. He joined the board in March 2014.
Douglas is lawyer specialising in infrastructure and energy projects. He works in private practice for a leading international law firm advising both public and private sector clients involved in delivering complex, high value projects. His work is a mixture of PPP/PFI-type deals while he maintains a keen interest in in the energy sector with a focus on cleantech and renewable energy generation. Following his legal studies Douglas graduated with MSc degree in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh in 2010. He joined the board in March 2014.
Emily is the Managing Director of Efeca and has worked for 19 years in the field of natural resource economics, specialising in sustainable use and trade of natural resources in particular timber and related forest products, agricultural commodities and ecosystem services. This includes supporting policy dialogue (EU Timber Regulation, FLEGT Action Plan and REDD+); monitoring impacts on trade patterns and markets; working with private sector, communities and local governments; and managing complex global programmes. Emily joined the Board in March 2014.
Susan is scientist and senior strategy leader with over 10 years of diverse experience across multiple supply chains. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies working to create more resilient and environmentally sound business models. Also active in the renewable technologies space, Susan has acted as an advisor to several consortiums including CAAFI, the European BiofuelsTechnology Platform, UNEDP SETAC and the California Air Resources Board. Susan has degrees in Environmental Studies & Biology from UC Santa Cruz and Advanced Taxonomy and Biodiversity from Imperial College, London. She joined the board in April 2014.
Ray leads the Wildlife Conservation Society’s conservation finance team, with a focus on creating market opportunities that contribute to conservation and sustainable development. Trained in natural resource economics, Ray has 20 years experience working in conservation and rural development, and has lived in Latin America and Africa. He joined the board in December 2008.
Technical Advisory Group
The Plan Vivo Technical Advisory Group (TAG) provides independent advice to the Foundation on scientific and technical aspects of the Standard and projects. The Group is composed of experts in community-based natural resource management, carbon and other ecosystem services quantification and monitoring, and the development of rural livelihood programmes.
The Group includes a core Technical Advisory Committee, who work more closely with the Foundation to support the approval of technical specifications. Specific functions of the Technical Advisory Group and Committee are to:
- Peer review technical documents from existing and potential Plan Vivo projects
- Provide recommendations on technical aspects in the Plan Vivo Standard and how they should be applied
- Contribute to the development of tools and methodologies to support Plan Vivo projects