Plan Vivo

Scolel Té, Mexico

Location Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
Project coordinator AMBIO | Go to website Contact AMBIO
Activities Reforestation, agroforestry, forest conservation and restoration
Area  7,606.75 ha under plan vivos
Participants 1,207 smallholder households with PES agreements (2,437 smallholders with plan vivos) and 7 community groups
Plan Vivo status Registered Plan Vivo project. Operational since 1997
Verification status Monitoring verified by Rainforest Alliance to 2010. Initial verification by SGS -2002. Next verification due 2015.

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Project news

receiving national forest merit award 2013July 2013 | AMBIO wins National Forestry Merit Award. 

The award was presented in recognition of more than 15 years accompanying communities and small scale farmers from Chiapas through programs and projects that promote harmonious, integrated and sustainable rural development by means of sound management of their natural resources. Read the full story here.

March 2011 | Scolel’Te 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. 25 finalists were gifted USD$ 80,000 to help them strengthen their project.

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Technical specifications

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audit reports

2008 Rainforest Alliance Verification Report >
2002 SGS
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Annual Reports

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Plan Vivo Certificates

Plan Vivo Certificates issued 468,090
Capacity to generate Plan Vivo Certificates 30,000 p.a..
Reporting period April – March
Next report date July 2014

More project news…

May 2010 | AMBIO to develop new REDD programme in El Ocote

AMBIO, the project cooridinator of Scolel Te, plans to develop a REDD project in collaboration with communities in the Biosphere Reserve of the El Ocote Jungle. The project is going ahead with the support of USAID and project partners include Conservation International and local research organisation ECOSUR.



January 2010 | Scolel Te supported by Miksani

Plan Vivo Certificates from Scolel Te have been used to compensate for the carbon footrpint of clothes in the Miksani fair trade & organic clothing range. For more information visit their website.



Chiapas workshop 027

October 2009 | AMBIO hosts international ‘Scaling-Up Community Carbon Workshop’ in San Cristobal, Chiapas.

35 organisations from 13 countries attended the workshop to discuss how community carbon projects can increase their impact. Participants included WWF, USAID, CARE, Conservation International, CCBA and Social Carbon.



forum for the future report

June 2008 | Scolel Te recognised as best practice in pro-poor carbon, by Forum for the Future

This UK Department for Ijnternational Development sponsored report explores how the voluntary carbon market is supporting activities that are relevant to poor communities. Scolel Te was cited as one of the “best pro-poor voluntary offset schemes.”

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