Plan Vivo projects support smallholders and communities by selling Plan Vivo Certificates. One Plan Vivo Certificate represents the long-term sequestration or reduction of one tonne CO2e, plus a host of other benefits:
- Poverty reduction and livelihood development
- Restoration of degraded ecosystems and biodiversity conservation
- Adaptation of communities and natural and managed ecosystems to climate change (e.g. via watershed protection, soil stabilization)
Why purchase Plan Vivo Certificates?
Fairly traded carbon
Plan Vivo projects work with poor rural communities who need support to manage their land more sustainably. Buying Plan Vivo Certificates puts money into the pockets of poor farmers and community groups like farmers cooperatives, women’s groups and community trust funds – helping communities develop and providing incentives for them to stick with their land management plans - their ‘plan vivos’.
Making carbon finance work harder
Plan Vivo projects work with communities who face challenging environmental issues and hardship, who would otherwise lack the financial, technical and organisational ability to implement long-term land-use activities. They emphasise the restoration of natural ecosystems and planting of native trees, which makes ‘carbon finance’ work harder, and ensures projects benefit biodiversity as well as mitigate climate change.
Tried and tested
Plan Vivo is a tried and tested system, used in projects since the 1990s, based around the idea of empowering people to manage their resources. Risk management is built into every stage:
Independent certification and continued oversight
Projects are subject to annual reviews and third-party verification to ensure continued conformance to the Plan Vivo Standard. Plan Vivo Certificates are recorded and tracked through the independent Markit Environmental Registry.
Past and present purchasers include: Antalis, Arla Foods, Blue Green Carbon, Camco, Ceramica Sant Agostina SPA, City of London, Classic Africa Safaries, the Coop, CO2Focus, Creative Artists Agency, Embassy of Denmark, DFID, Enviromarket, EValue, FIA Foundation, Folksam, Global Cool, Hambleside Danelaw, IIED, Its the Planet, Live Climate, Man Group, Marks and Spencers, Max Hamburger, Nedbank, Piqqo, Puma, Reforestamos Mexico, One World International, Save the Children, Tetra Pak, U&W, Uganda Carbon Bureau, World Bank…