Plan Vivo Foundation Newsletter September 2016
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Welcome to a new edition of the Plan Vivo Newsletter
As international climate negotiations continue post-Paris and we proceed to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our work, Plan Vivo continues to mark the way for community-led land-use and forestry projects with multiple positive social and environmental impacts. These scalable, innovative and integrated approaches help fight climate change while improving livelihoods. 

We've had an exciting few months at the Foundation. Four new trustees joined in January 2016 and we've recently begun a strategic planning exercise to set priorities and objectives for the next three years.

We aim to continue working with innovative projects such as those in the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and Mongolia (newly registered projects, see below); to revise our fee structure to better serve projects; and to build collaborative partnerships as the network of Plan Vivo projects continues to expand.

Project developers are increasingly interested in the SHAMBA tool, approved this year. Already in use in projects in Uganda and Mexico, it provides a cost-effective way to quantify smallholder farmer mitigation activities, including soil carbon benefits. We're currently updating guidance, tools and templates for project developers and donor organisations, including how to bring social assessment activities into a Plan Vivo project, so they can be measured and understood by project participants themselves. Additional guidance will soon be available on mangrove project development, REDD+ and advice on nesting projects within (sub-)national initiatives.

Over the next few months, Secretariat staff will be attending various workshops and events such as the Global Landscapes Forum in Marrakech (16 Nov). Please drop us a line if you'd like to catch up with the team.
New Project Registrations
The Loru Forest Project
The Loru Forest Project, coordinated by the Nakau Programme, protects 166 ha of tropical rainforest on eastern Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The project combines coastal rainforest protection with agroforestry, with a special focus on producing the agricultural commodity Melanesian Chestnut (Canarium indium). Learn more about the project here
The Bujang Raba Community PES project, Indonesia 
The Bujang Raba Community PES project, coordinated by KKI WARSI, conserves 5,336 ha endangered rainforest in Sumatra's Bukti Barisan forest through a REDD+ intervention. The project involves 5 indigenous communities comprising approximately 1,390 households in protecting tropical mountainous forests which host high rates of biodiversity and provide local communities with vital non-timber forest products. Find out more here.
Pastures, Conservation and Climate Action in Mongolia
The project works with 3 nomadic herder groups on ca. 77,000 ha in three different districts to improve grazing management. It takes a 'carbon plus' approach, emphasising the livelihoods benefits of the project by making important contributions to nomadic herders' wellbeing and the conservation of a globally important biodiversity heritage. More information can be found here.
Plan Vivo Annual Report FY 2015-2016

Plan Vivo's latest annual report is now available for download. Highlights of the year include:
  • Biannual stakeholder conference in Sigtuna, Sweden
  • Issuance of Certificates representing emissions reductions of 2.22 MtCO2e
  • Project pipeline grew to 41 projects
  • Average price of Plan Vivo Certificates in 2015 was USD $7.6
  • Transaction of 860,000 Plan Vivo Certificates in 2015
In case you missed it: 
"Not so Niche: Co-Benefits at the Intersection of Forest Carbon and Sustainable Development", Forest Trends
The main findings of the report are that collectively forest carbon projects delivered the following impacts in 2014:
  • Improving and clarifying land tenure for communities across 2.2 million ha
  • Protecting the habitats of 141 vulnerable and/or endangered species
  • Creating around 8,000 jobs and providing monitoring, carbon accounting and agroforestry training for over 46,000 people 
Other Project News
  • Ecotrust has launched a new Solvatten Solar Safe project in Lira district. Solvatten Solar Safe Jerry cans use three processes of Ultra violet treatment, filtration and heating, to kill micro-organisms in water making it safe for consumption. Read more here.
  • AMBIO's Scolel'te agroforestry systems have been highlighted as successful methods to deliver long-term socio-environmental benefits. Read more here.
  • Taking Root has been selected as a 2016 Semi-Finalist in the Fuller Challenge, a competition awarding the “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award”. Find out more here.
  • Carbon Tanzania published a new blog post examining the risks of climate change to big business and the opportunities of offsetting. 
New Pipeline Project Video - FFI Indonesia Portfolio
FFI's Community Forest Ecosystem Services programme
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