What is the Non-Permenance Buffer?

Each project is required to contribute a percentage of their climate benefit to the Plan Vivo Non-Permanence Buffer, which remains unsold and guarantees the integrity of Plan Vivo projects in the face of risks to permanence or potential reversals of emission reductions.

The Plan Vivo buffer comprises of an ex-ante pooled account and an ex-post pooled account, both located on the Markit environmental registry.  These certificates are sourced across all qualifying projects, and can be used to compensate for unexpected losses of carbon stocks or reversal of emission reductions. The proportion of credits that a project allocates to a buffer account is evaluated as part of the validation and registration process.


Current buffer pools


Contributing projects

Arbolivia Babatana Rainforest Conservation Project (Sirebe) Bujang Raba CommuniTree
Drawa Rainforest Durian Rambun Emiti Nibwo Bolura EthioTrees
Gula Gula Halo Verde Timor Community Forest Carbon Hiniduma Bio-link Khasi Hills
Loru Forest Nanga Lauk  Mikoko Pamoja Pastures, Conseration, Climate Action
Rarakau Rehabilitation of the Sahel (AGED) Rehabilitation of the Sahel (REACH) Trees for Global Benefits
Trees of Hope Yaeda-Eyasi Landscape REDD Vanga Blue Forest 



Please note

  • Those projects that have contributed to, and benefit from, the pooled non-permanence buffer account (listed above), are those that have been certified to, or have migrated to, the V4 Plan Vivo Standard and have generated PVCs.
  • As of 31st December 2022, issuances from qualifying projects total 4,925,925 ex-ante and 1,249,686 ex-post PVCs.
  • The Risk Buffer for projects under the V5 Standard has not yet been created. At the end of its first year after creation, this webpage will be updated to incorporate it.