Plan Vivo stakeholders met in Edinburgh, UK on 7th and 8th October 2013.
A summary of proceedings is reproduced below. Alternatively, read the full report here.
The Plan Vivo Stakeholder Meeting 2013, brought together a wide range of Plan Vivo stakeholders including project coordinators, resellers, technical experts, and supporters of the Plan Vivo Standard to share experiences, and to define and discuss priorities for future development and strengthening of the Plan Vivo Standard.
Climate Justice was a key theme of this meeting, as highlighted in the short video below. The Plan Vivo Standard is pragmatic mechanism to deliver climate justice to resource poor rural communities by channeling crucial climate finance from the private sector and the international donor community in a transparent and equitable manner.
Other key points from the meeting were around:
The Plan Vivo Standard 2013: The 2013 version of the Plan Vivo Standard presents opportunities for growth, including through more robust certification of climate services to meet the requirements of the voluntary carbon market, through the certification of non-carbon ecosystem services which will enable rural communities to access emerging ecosystem service markets, and by providing a framework for landscape level approaches.
Communications: Plan Vivo projects have delivered considerable climate, ecosystem, and livelihood benefits over the past two decades, however there is a need to better communicate these benefits in the international arena. Particularly, there is a need to raise the profile of the Plan Vivo Standard and to increase the capacity for sales and commercialisation.
Insetting: The application of the Plan Vivo Standard in smallholder agricultural commodity supply chains, as a means to increase supply chain resilience to climate change, ecosystem loss and degradation, through PES insetting is an opportunity to integrate needs of businesses and communities.
Beyond forests: The scope of the Plan Vivo Standard is moving beyond traditional forest ecosystems, new projects and approaches are being developed for certification of projects focussed on mangroves and agricultural ecosystems, thus providing communities’ dependent on these ecosystems the opportunity to develop more sustainable livelihoods.
Non-carbon ecosystem services: Certification of non-carbon ecosystem services is an area with considerable opportunities and challenges. The Plan Vivo Standard provides a tried and tested mechanism to enable rural communities to access emerging markets for non-carbon ecosystem services, however further technical development is needed in the area of metrics and measures.