Our planet faces an unprecedented civilizational crisis thanks to the adverse effects generated by Climate Change and the increase in anthropogenic activities. These phenomena prevent the biocapacity of the Earth regenerate lost natural resources, as has been studied by various organizations, such as the Global Footprint Network.
This organization points out that food production uses about half of the Earth's biocapacity to satisfy human consumption. For its part, the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC) points out that agriculture, forestry and other types of land use use represent 23% of the emissions of greenhouse gases.
It is imminent that the use of natural resources for human consumption needs to have an urgent shift towards approaches that contribute to a sustainable management. The Scolel'te Program was originated with the concern to explore sustainable productive alternatives in rural areas, that are under vulnerable conditions.
It has been a pioneer for more than two decades in collaborating with smallholders suitable for the conservation and management of natural resources, so they can develop participatory approaches that allows them to have a rational use of their resources and to contribute to finding different sources of incomes.
Scolel'te was one of the first projects worldwide to explore environmental market mechanisms that encourage conservation through the implementation of ecosystem services payments, for the work carried out by farmers to restore and for management of forests.
The program contributed with its experience to the design of the Plan Vivo Standard, which participates in the Voluntary Carbon Market and which favors the work with smallholders and communities, by using participatory models that contribute to governance. In addition, Plan Vivo seeks to generate benefit schemes that prioritize the impact on carbon, biodiversity and an equitable distribution of livelihoods.
Currently Scolel´te participates in the review of the strengths and challenges together with the Plan Vivo Standard, to respond to the new climate scenario generated from the signing of the Paris Agreement (2016), which commits a vast majority of countries to act with mechanisms that make possible to face the current climate crisis.