Plan Vivo Newsletter April 2015
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Welcome to another edition of the Plan Vivo Newsletter

The last few months have seen a flurry of activity, with Plan Vivo staff attending a variety of important events across the world to promote the Plan Vivo system.
'Improving Livelihoods and Restoring Ecosystems through Carbon Offsetting', Uganda, March 25, 2015. Panel discussion including representatives from Scolel'te, FFI, Ecotrust and Taking Root, as well as Plan Vivo and IIED representatives. 
'Improving Livelihoods and Restoring Ecosystems through Carbon Offsetting', Uganda, March 25, 2015: Presentation on the Plan Vivo System.
Payments for Ecosystem Services conference in Uganda, 25-26 March, 2015
Plan Vivo secretariat staff travelled to Uganda from 25-26 March, 2015 to attend a conference and technical workshop on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), jointly organised by ESPA, IIED and Ecotrust Uganda. Focusing on PES in the smallholder context, participants at this event included presentations from high-ranking officials from Uganda, such as Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, as well as international PES practitioners.
Both events focused on sharing workable and cost-effective solutions from ongoing Plan Vivo projects, specifically focusing on financing PES schemes, how to bridge technical gaps and how to design inclusive agendas that are community-led.

Plan Vivo project developers from MexicoUganda and Nicaragua shared lessons on the pitfalls and recovery strategies of utilising carbon offsets to co-fund sustainable PES projects.

IIED and ESPA co-produced an informative flyer which gives an overview of PES systems, value chains and business models. Moreover, the brief looks at the factors that influence success for PES schemes. The flyer can be accessed here.
Training workshop: Approachable Science to Reduce Transaction Costs, March 26, 2015, Uganda: Plan Vivo project developers, IIED, Plan Vivo staff and researchers from the University of Edinburgh.
Ecotrust Executive Director Pauline Nantongo welcoming officials to the conference on 'Improving Livelihoods and Restoring Ecosystems through Carbon Offsetting', hosted by Ecotrust on March 25, 2015, Uganda.
PES/REDD+ conference in Indonesia -  March 4 - 6, 2015

The Plan Vivo Foundation also attended a conference and workshop organised by Indonesia's PED/REDD+ Consortium in Jakarta. NGOs, companies, government agencies, project developers and donors were in attendance of the event, which was organised by ICCO, Community Forestry International and Konsorsium Pendukung Sistem Hutan Kerakyatan (KpSHK). The event took place March 4 - 6, 2015 and gave Plan Vivo a platform to present the Plan Vivo Standard and system to a diverse audience.

Further information on the PES/REDD+ consortium can be found here.
Carbon Expo, Barcelona - May 26 - 28, 2015

Plan Vivo staff will attend the 12th Carbon Expo in Barcelona on May 26 - 28, 2015, alongside the Uganda Carbon Bureau.

The Carbon Expo is the world's largest multi-sectoral climate finance and carbon market conference and has become a leading platform for understanding new policy instruments and identifying ways to access and leverage climate finance. Please come and find Plan Vivo at the UCB stall in the main exhibition hall or contact us on
Latest Plan Vivo News
Site Visits in Uganda and Tanzania
In March 2015, Plan Vivo staff visited headquarters and field sites of the Trees for Global Benefits and Emiti Nibwo Bulora projects. The visits were productive in terms of discussing projects' progress, current issues, and future strategies as well as meeting local project participants.
New Project Portfolio
Plan Vivo has produced a new project portfolio giving an overview of the history of the standard, as well as registered and pipeline projects. Please click here to view a navigable virtual copy. If you currently retail Plan Vivo Certificates or are organising an event and would like hard copies, please contact the foundation to discuss.
New Plan Vivo PIN submissions

Three new PIN submissions have been accepted since the beginning of 2015. Further details are available here:
  • Tahiry Honko: Community Mangrove Carbon Project, Southwest Madagascar; Project Coordinator: Blue Ventures Conservation
  • Mousso Ta Yiri, Burkina Faso; Project Coordinator: SocieTrees
  • Wild Coffee Conservation by PFM through Communities and Government Institutions Capacity Building Project, Ethiopia; Project Coordinators: EWNRA & University of Huddersfield
New Reporting Templates

Plan Vivo has adapted its PIN, PDD and Annual Report templates to better integrate aspects which have been included in the latest iteration of the Plan Vivo Standard. As such, these new templates include a greater focus on projects' impacts and monitoring results on biodiversity and socioeconomic data. To download new templates, please visit the Plan Vivo website.
New Project Videos
Take a look at the Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project in India, and the REDD+ in the Yaeda Valley project in Tanzania through these inspiring new videos.
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