Trustee of Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF) and the Proforest Initiative

Founding Director, Emily Fripp is on the Board of Trustees of two charities.

Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF), a registered Scottish charity, has created a set of requirements for smallholders and communities wishing to manage their land more sustainably. The Plan Vivo Standard is a framework for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes for rural smallholders and communities dependent on natural resources for livelihoods. In the community-led design process, eligible activities (for generating Plan Vivo Certificates) include afforestation and agroforestry, forest conservation, restoration and avoided deforestation. Communities decide which land use activities (e.g. woodlots, agroforestry, forest conservation) will best address threats to local ecosystems and are of interest and value to them. Plan Vivo Certificates are environmental service certificates, each representing the reduction or avoidance of one metric tonne of carbon dioxide, plus livelihood and ecosystem benefits. They are generated and sold by Plan Vivo projects to support their activities.

The Proforest Initiative, set up in 2010, supports sustainability initiatives to better deliver their overarching goal of sustainable natural resource management and contributing to good agricultural, forest, and land management via engagement with international, national and regional policy debates and development. The trustees for the Proforest Initiative help implement their strategic plan and ensure efficient management of the organisation.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, Emily uses her expertise to address key issues facing the charities, steering the direction of work in coordination with other board members and supporting the teams undertaking the day to day operations.

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