The Plan Vivo Foundation is a registered Scottish charity, set up to develop and oversee the Plan Vivo Standard and System and to 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:
- 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.