Rice plantation with the forest in the distanceThe Plan Vivo Foundation provides a framework and support network for community-led payments for ecosystem services (PES) programmes. By engaging rural communities in sustainable land-use activities, including avoided deforestation, reforestation, afforestation and agroforestry, with an emphasis on restoring and protecting native forest and reintroducing native species in degraded areas, Plan Vivo supports the resilience of rural livelihoods and terrestrial ecosystems.


    • Supporting community-based natural resource management projects in developing and implementing participatory land-use plans and equitable benefit-sharing.
    • Securing land tenure rights for rural communities.
    • Protecting native forest and reducing deforestation, conserving habitat for fauna and flora, strengthening the climate services and the resilience of local ecosystems.
    • Channelling finance to vulnerable communities threatened by climate change, diversifying incomes and contributing to poverty alleviation.

The Plan Vivo Standard is the longest-standing voluntary carbon standard, dating back to the pilot project Scolel’te in 1997. Since then, the Plan Vivo system has continued to evolve and today counts with 15 registered projects and over 30 pipeline projects spanning Africa, Asia and Latin America. Efforts by over 17,000 participating smallholders and 500 community groups have resulted in emissions reductions of over 2.9 million tonnes of CO2.

Partners of the Plan Vivo Foundation include the University of Edinburgh, IIED, Bioclimate, ESPA (Ecosystems to Support Poverty Alleviation), Calouste Gulbenkian, Pur Projet, the Margaret Hayman Foundation, IPI (International Platform for Insetting), Fauna and Flora International (FFI), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Clinton Foundation, AMBIO, Taking Root, ECOTRUST, and other local project coordinators.

Project Network Brochure

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Current Partnership Opportunities

Measuring and Valuing Co-Benefits of Community-led Land-use Projects
Strengthening Local Capacity in Indonesia
Developing a Certification Framework for Insetting
Improving the Marketing and Sales Capacities of Projects

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Recent Partnerships

CCAFS/University of Edinburgh
Calouste Gulbenkian
Margaret Hayman
The Waterloo Foundation
The University of Edinburgh

Pur Projet
Uganda Carbon Bureau