Plan Vivo is a framework for supporting communities to manage their natural resources more sustainably, with a view to generating climate, livelihood and ecosystem benefits.
Participants are rural smallholders and communities dependent on natural resources for livelihoods. Activities are implemented on smallholder or community land (owned or long-term user rights).
Scolel Te is a project that aims to sequester carbon within restoration forests and agroforestry systems and enhance the livelihoods of rural farming communities in Mexico. It is a registered Plan Vivo project that involves hundreds of producers who are implementing Plan Vivo technical specifications on their small landholdings. The reforestation and agroforestry systems that the project promotes are designed to capture more carbon than what would be found in baseline conditions of pastureland, scrubland, degraded forests or the traditional cropping of corn and beans.
The title of the project Scolel Te which translates as the tree that grows, in Tzeltal and Tjolobal was chosen by farmers participating in the project. It is the original Plan Vivo project and the name of the system Plan Vivo is derived from Planes Vivos or work plans which are created by farmers participating in the project.
Some of the achievements to date: Practical experience leading to the development of the Plan Vivo System, the first methodology established to develop carbon sequestration projects through forestry. Support to 51 communities and 2400 families of indigenous Mayan and mestizo farmers in central and northern Chiapas and in the northeast of Oaxaca of which 677 producers participate directly in the program 402,884 CO2e sold More than 7,500 ha of rainforest protected and conserved.