1. Submit Project Idea Note
The first step towards becoming Plan Vivo Project is submitting a Plan Vivo project idea note (PIN). A project idea note (PIN) defines the main elements of a proposed project and how it will contribute to sustainable livelihoods.
The Plan Vivo Foundation reviews PINs to ensure the Plan Vivo System is applicable and the proposed project has the potential to provide quantifiable ecosystem services and promote sustainable livelihoods over a long-term period. Download the PIN template and guidance here.
2. Submit PDD and technical specification(s) for review
Projects compile information on the project area and location, participants, activities and other information using the Plan Vivo PDD template. Technical specifications are parts of the PDD that describe the methodology for calculating carbon benefits of the land-use interventions in the project, and describe the management operations, monitoring indicators and ecosystem impacts of each activity. The Plan Vivo Foundation coordinates peer reviews of technical specifications through its Technical Advisory Group.
After checking the PDD for completeness, the Plan Vivo Foundation will approve this.
3. Validation – field visit
To become registered as a Plan Vivo project, a project is visited and assessed to ensure it is implementing systems according to its approved documents and the requirements of the Plan Vivo Standard. Projects can engage a validator from a list of Plan Vivo approved individuals or propose a candidate to be approved by the Plan Vivo Foundation. The validator will interview key project staff and community members, to ensure appropriate training has taken place and participation is informed and voluntary. The validator prepares a validation report based on their findings and submits to the project coordinator and the Plan Vivo Foundation.
Following approval of technical specificationis and approval of the project by the reviewer, projects are entered into the Plan Vivo Projects Register. This is published on the Plan Vivo website. Once registered, projects can enter into sales contracts with purchasers for Plan Vivo Certificates.