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Scolel’te is an ecosystem services programme focused on reforestation and forest management.
Scolel’te is the longest-running ecosystem services project on the Voluntary Carbon Market across the globe. It has served as a benchmark and formed the basis for the development of the Plan Vivo system.
Scolel’te (“the tree that grows” in Mayan Tzeltal language) is the longest-standing project in the Plan Vivo network, dating back to a pilot programme in 1994. It was officially operational three years later.
It has been running on a commercially self-sufficient basis since 2002 under the leadership of AMBIO, a Mexican environmental non-profit cooperative that coordinates the project and organises field activities in cooperation with various communi-ty groups, smallholder farmers and social organisations.
The Scolel’te programme supports 1,287 producers and 9 community groups, benefitting approximately 2,450 families. In March 2011, Scolel’te was recognised by Initiativa Mexico Awards. Scolel’te was chosen as a national finalist from hundreds of local initiatives and showcased on national television, as an outstanding local environmental initiative. In 2013, AMBIO also received the Mexican National Forest Merit Award.
|ABOUT THE PROJECT|
Cooperativa Ambio S.C. de R.L.
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|Area of land under management:
1,278 smallholders and 9 community groups
June 2016 | See the latest newsletter from AMBIO regarding all the innovations currently taking place in the Scolel'te project. In this edition, highlights include: details of how to deal with climate change at the local level, efforts with the UK Space Agency regarding satellite monitoring of forests, a recent video produced by a volunteer (in Spanish) and work with Sustentur, a communication service on tourism, sustainability and CSR from the Mexican Caribbean. Read more here.
April 2014 | AMBIO participated in the joint initiative Streamlining Monitoring for Smallholder and Community Payment for Ecosystem Services (SMS-PES), an ESPA-funded project which was piloted in Mexico and Uganda. Read more
March 2014 | AMBIO participated in the Chiapas Congress on Forest Management and Climate Change at which Scolel'te was presented as a successful project to promote sustainable forest management involving smallholder farmers. Read more.