Plan Vivo Foundation stakeholder meeting in Sweden
Plan Vivo Foundation hosted its stakeholder meeting on 28th and 29th September in Sweden.
The meeting focussed on the experiences of the Plan Vivo Standard and system in supporting the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Efeca assisted in the preparations for the biennial meeting.
The Plan Vivo Foundation is a registered charity in Scotland, which administers the Plan Vivo Standard for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). Plan Vivo aims to reduce rural poverty by enabling communities to manage their natural resources more sustainably and strengthening their livelihoods, securing supply and restoration of ecosystem services including carbon sequestration, watershed, soil and biodiversity protection.
While the traditional focus of Plan Vivo projects was on agroforestry and afforestation/reforestation, the scope has now expanded to also include activities such as climate-smart agriculture, avoided deforestation and degradation (REDD+), grasslands management and mangrove restoration. Over the last five years, the geographic focus of projects has widened, moving beyond the traditional areas of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, to new projects in Asia (India, Indonesia, Nepal) and the Pacific.
Plan Vivo was developed as a result of a DFID-funded pilot project in Mexico in 1994-1997. Since then the network has continued to grow:
- Today, 12 registered projects are operating under the Plan Vivo Standard
- A project pipeline of 30 projects, spanning over 30 countries around the world.
- Sustainable land-use systems have been implemented by 10,853 smallholders and more than 108,000 project participants organised into 416 community groups
- Has channelled over $9 m of market-based funding into rural communities
- The Plan Vivo system has resulted in an emissions reduction of over 2 million tonnes of CO2e.