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  7,661.75 ha under plan vivos
Participants 1,237 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

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.35.39 PMSeptember 2014 | IUCN and Ambio promoting carbon sequestration in smallholder communities in the ‘Selva el Ocote’ Biosphere Reserve

Selva el Ocote is a newly registered area in Scolel’te of important endemic populations and rich biodiversity. In collaboration with the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), Ambio is working to strengthen forest management activities for carbon offsetting in communities within the buffer zone of the new area. Through the Scolel’te framework, the Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has also jumped on board to offset annual carbon emissions from its headquarters in Switzerland.


ApScreen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.05.35 PMril 2014 | Banco Popular Offsets 100% of its carbon emissions with Scolel’te 

Banco Popular has become the first institution from Madrid’s benchmark stock exchange (IBEX-35) to become carbon neutral. Through the ECODES foundation, based in Zaragoza, Spain, Banco Popular has offset its carbon emissions through the Scolel’te project. To read the full story click here.

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Technical specifications

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audit reports

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2002 SGS Verif. Report >

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Plan Vivo Certificates

Plan Vivo Certificates issued 478,952
Capacity to generate Plan Vivo Certificates 30,000 p.a.
Reporting period April – March
Next report date October 2015

More 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.


May 2010AMBIO 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 2010Scolel 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.


October 2009AMBIO 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.


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

Scolel ‘te was cited as one of the “best pro-poor voluntary offset schemes.”

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