History and Timeline

Plan Vivo has come far in the last two decades, from a research project in rural Mexico, to a globally accessible Standard and System being applied in multiple countries on different continents.

Plan Vivo projects have engaged tens of thousands of smallholder farmers to plant multipurpose trees on their own land, and an even greater number of rural community participants involved in restoration and protection activities as well as livelihood development initiatives. These deal with land-use change and forestry predominantly, channelling some $17.5 million USD to projects targeting rural communities in developing countries. As of March 2017, these projects have collectively established, and are helping conserve more than 138,000 hectares of forest.

A brief history…


Plan Vivo launches consultation on new version to the Standard.
Three new projects register under the Plan Vivo Standard, including the Nakau Programme, a landscape approach to conservation in the Pacific Islands. Moreover, the Bujang Raba Community REDD+ project in Indonesia and Pastures, Conservation and Climate Action in Mongolia register.
The third Plan Vivo Stakeholder Meeting takes place in Sigtuna, Stockholm. Find a summary of the presentations and documents here.
A new version of the The Plan Vivo Standard is published. The 2013 version of the Standard includes a greater focus on sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity.
A period of rapid growth for the Plan Vivo project network. Plan Vivo’s first REDD+ project, the Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project registers in 2012. Other projects that register are A/R and agroforestry projects such as Arbolivia in Bolivia, Trees of Hope in Malawi, the Hiniduma Bio-Link in Sri-Lanka, and mangrove REDD+ project Mikoko Pamoja.
March 2011
Fifth Plan Vivo project, Communitree in Nicaragua, is validated and registered as a Plan Vivo project.
Nov 2010
Plan Vivo Foundation hosts the 2010 Plan Vivo Stakeholder meeting in Edinburgh. Download summary of proceedings.
April 2010
Fourth Plan Vivo project, Emiti Nibwo Burola in Tanzania, is validated and registered as a Plan Vivo project.
March 2010
Trees for Global Benefits, Uganda, is verified by Rainforest Alliance against the 2008 Plan Vivo Standard
November 2009
Plan Vivo Certificates go live on the Markit Environmental Registry
October  2009
AMBIO (Scolel Te project coordinator) and the Plan Vivo Foundation host international workshop on scaling-up community carbon, attended by 35 organisations from 15 countries including Mexico, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, Cameroon, Brazil and the USA.
January  2009
The Plan Vivo Foundation is registered as a charity in Scotland.

BioClimate redefined its role to focus on assisting organisations to develop Plan Vivo projects.

September 2008
The 2008 version of the Plan Vivo Standard is released to make the Standard and System more clear and accessible, leading to a number of new project applications
June  2008
Plan Vivo hosts its first international stakeholders meeting in Edinburgh
Scolel Te celebrates its 10th Anniversary, making it the longest running community based, land use, carbon offset project in the world
A new subspecies of orchid is found within the Scolel Te project area
The Plan Vivo system begins to be managed independently by the not-for- profit BioClimate Research & Development
The first Plan Vivo Certificates are sold to the FIA Foundation
The Scolel Te enters its pilot phase
The concept of Plan Vivo is born in a research project in Chiapas, Mexico. Partners involved in its development were the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management, the University of Edinburgh, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur and other local partners