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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.

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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 coordi-nates the project and organises field activities in cooperation with various communi-ty groups, smallholder farmers and social organisations.

The Scolel’te programme supports 1,235 producers and 7 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.

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 coordi-nates the project and organises field activities in cooperation with various communi-ty groups, smallholder farmers and social organisations.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
Location:

Chiapas, Mexico

Operational Since:

1997

Project Coordinator:

Cooperativa Ambio S.C. de R.L.

PVCS Issued to date:

478,952

Area of land under management:

7,641.75 ha

Participants:

1,235 smallholders and 7 community groups

Project interventions:
  • Afforestation
  • Agroforestry
  • Reforestation
  • Forest Restoration
  • Avoided Deforestation
Milestones:

Registration in 1997

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LATEST NEWS

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.

September 2014 | IUCN and Ambio promote carbon sequestration together in smallholder communities in the ‘Selva el Ocote’ Biosphere Reserve. Read more.

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.

January 2014 | In January 2014, AMBIO hosted the workshop Methodologies for Carbon Estimations in Natural Protected Areas, complemented by field trips to Scolel’te communities in Marqués de Comillas region (Selva Lacandona). Read more.