As part of the celebration of the "25th Anniversary of the Plan Vivo Foundation and the Scolel te Program", a Regional Meeting was held in Mexico City. The purpose was to reunite relevant stakeholders of the National Carbon Market, as well as government agencies in charge of the design of public policies focused on the regulation of this market.
The meeting was oriented to introduce the operation of the Plan Vivo Standard and its first project, Scolel'te, developed by the AMBIO Cooperative. Scolel´te is the first experience in the Voluntary Carbon Market worldwide, in addition that has contributed to generate the name Plan Vivo, being a planning tool for a small family-community land management project with a long-term vision.
This local work provided the roots for the system developed by the Plan Vivo Foundation and accredited as an International Certification Standard within the Voluntary Carbon Market. Plan Vivo has focused on supporting smallholders and communities sensitive to climate change, through access to the Voluntary Carbon Market, which allows them an equitable benefit (at least 60% of the payments are destined to farmers) from the sale of Plan Vivo Carbon Certificates, under a Fair Trade vision.
The Standard and the Projects, such as Scolel'te, have been developing a holistic model of Nature Based Solutions, where the carbon can promote the improvement of the quality of life of the communities in the long term, strengthen their resilience and the biodiversity conservation, based on safeguards and best practices of the Voluntary Carbon Market.