1. Submit your project idea note

The first step towards becoming a PV Climate-certified project is submitting a project idea note (PIN). A 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 that there are no obvious non-compliances and that the proposed project has the potential to provide quantifiable ecosystem service benefits and promote sustainable livelihoods over the long-term. Download the PIN template. 



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 PV Climate PDD (Project Design Document) template. Technical specifications are components of the PDD that describe the methodology for calculating carbon and other ecosystem service benefits of the land-use interventions in the project, and describe the management operations, monitoring indicators and impacts of each activity. The technical specifications can be separate to the PDD or integrated into the PDD (at the discretion of the project). The Plan Vivo Foundation coordinates peer reviews of technical specifications through its Technical Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Group. After checking the PDD for completeness and compliance with the PV Climate Standard, the document can be approved by Plan Vivo Foundation. Download the latest PDD Template and find helpful guidance on the Estimating Climate Benefits page and via guidance documents on the Documentation page.



3. Validation and Registration

To become registered as a PV Climate project, a project is visited and assessed to ensure it is implementing systems according to its approved documents and the requirements of the PV Climate 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. Once the validation field visit is complete and the validator’s feedback has been addressed satisfactorily, the project can be registered under PV Climate. You can find more information on the Validation & Verification page.



4. Reporting

Following approval of technical specifications and approval of the project by the reviewer, PV Climate projects are entered into the Plan Vivo Projects Register on the Plan Vivo website and provided with a Markit account. Once registered, projects can enter into sales contracts with purchasers for Plan Vivo Certificates (PVC). In order to issue PVCs, projects must first submit annual reports to the foundation, with monitoring data for the period concerned, and updates on all major elements of administration and operation, that need to be approved by the Foundation.



5. Verification

Every 5 years, projects are required to schedule third-party verification visits, which assess whether PV Climate projects are on track to deliver the benefits laid out in the project design documents. You can find more information in the Validation & Verification page.


For all project related enquiries, please email: [email protected] 


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