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Season's greetings from the Plan Vivo foundation!
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Season's greetings from everyone here at the Plan Vivo Foundation!
2014 has been a dynamic year for us in which we have welcomed Mikoko Pamoja in Kenya (about to issue their first Plan Vivo Certificates) and the Himalayan Community Carbon Project in Nepal to our registered projects and our pipeline continued to swell, with a host of projects starting the certification process. 
A huge thanks go to all our dedicated participants, project coordinators, trusted buyers, reselling partners and much appreciated supporters for your continued enthusiasm and involvement. W
e look forward to working with you all in a very exciting 2015.

In the vanguard on Insetting

Last month we hosted a capacity-building event in London, drawing key actors together to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by Insetting and launch the first guidance manual for businesses exploring Insetting with smallholder and community projects.
On the back of this we have produced a short video and have launched some pages dedicated to the concept of insetting which over the coming few weeks we hope will serve as a hub of advice, case studies, links and related experiences. We are also looking to partner with like-minded organisations, such as Pur Projet, on an international platform. More on this in due course.

Progress on SHAMBA

The Small-Holder Agriculture Monitoring and Baseline Assessment (SHAMBA) methodology and tool is in the final stages of peer review and we expect to approve it for use in Plan Vivo projects early in the new year. This tool can be used by non-specialists to estimate changes in soil carbon stocks which could provide an alternative source of mitigation finance for climate smart agricultural practices. See their website for more.

Why we chose Plan Vivo

Jules Knocker from Tanzanian ethical safari company the Map’s Edge tells us why they are committed to compensating their emissions with REDD in the Yaeda Valley in our latest buyer profile.
“In a world where there are many schemes that are poorly run, or where too much of the money goes in administration or the carbon trading is run as a money making enterprise and not for the benefit of the environment... for us it was an obvious choice."

New PINs and Annual Reports

Since our last newsletter PINs for two Community Forest Management Projects in Indonesia have been approved: SSS Pundi's project in Sumatra which aims for sustainable community management of the village forest and the Sulawesi Community Foundation’s project to promote farmer productivity while protecting currently jeopardised forests and watershed functions.
Sustained demand for certificates from the Communitree Carbon Project prompted their successful expansion in 2014 - read more about their year in their Annual Report.

Focus on a Farmer

Retired school principle Panangala Liyanage Wijedasa is passionate about conserving and enhancing ecosystems for future generations.
His community suffered from intense deforestation because locals were clearing natural rainforest to grow cash crops. Through the Hiniduma Biolink project, these degraded rainforest lands are being regenerated.
Wijedasa’s land is at one end of the Biolink, adjacent to the highly biodiverse Polgaskanda forest patch. Participation in the project has enabled him to plant over 800 trees from more than 40 native species, increasing the rainforest cover of Sri Lanka and generating additional income on previously unused land.  
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