Develop a Project
1. Submit your project idea note
The first step towards becoming a Plan Vivo Project is submitting a Plan Vivo project idea note (PIN). A PIN defines the main elements of a proposed project and how it will contribute to sustainable livelihoods.
The Plan Vivo Foundation reviews PINs to ensure the Plan Vivo System is applicable and the proposed project has the potential to provide quantifiable ecosystem service benefits and promote sustainable livelihoods over the long-term. Download the PIN template.
2. Submit PDD and technical specification(s) for review
Projects compile information on the project area and location, participants, activities and other information using the Plan Vivo PDD template. Technical specifications are components of the PDD that describe the methodology for calculating carbon and other ecosystem service benefits of the land-use interventions in the project, and describe the management operations, monitoring indicators and impacts of each activity. The Plan Vivo Foundation coordinates peer reviews of technical specifications through its Technical Advisory Group. After checking the PDD for completeness and compliance with the Standard, the document can be approved by Plan Vivo Foundation. Download the latest PDD Template here.
3. Validation and Registration
To become registered as a Plan Vivo project, a project is visited and assessed to ensure it is implementing systems according to its approved documents and the requirements of the Plan Vivo Standard. Projects can engage a validator from a list of Plan Vivo approved individuals or propose a candidate to be approved by the Plan Vivo Foundation. The validator will interview key project staff and community members, to ensure appropriate training has taken place and participation is informed and voluntary. The validator prepares a validation report based on their findings and submits to the project coordinator and the Plan Vivo Foundation. For a guide on potential costs, click here. Once the validation field visit is complete and the validator’s feedback has been addressed satisfactorily, the project can be registered under the Plan Vivo Standard.
Following approval of technical specifications and approval of the project by the reviewer, projects are entered into the Plan Vivo Projects Register on the Plan Vivo website. Once registered, projects can enter into sales contracts with purchasers for Plan Vivo Certificates (PVC). In order to issue PVCs, projects must first submit annual reports to the foundation, with monitoring data for the period concerned, and updates on all major elements of administration and operation, that need to be approved by the Foundation.
Every 5 years, projects are required to schedule external verification visits, which assess whether projects are on track to deliver the benefits laid out in the project design documents. For more information on approved Validation and Verification Bodies, click here.