On September 27th & 28th, the Plan Vivo Foundation Carbon Standard held its stakeholder event in Edinburgh, Scotland. COTAP’s founder Tim Whitley participated in a panel titled “What does ‘scaling with care’ look like from different perspectives?” A full summary of the event, with links to other presentations, can be found here.
Tim (bald gentleman on the right) experienced some pretty serious imposter syndrome as he shared the stage with Plan Vivo Trustee Emily Fripp, Plan Vivo CEO Keith Bohannon, Vanga Blue Forest Coordinator Mwanrusi Mwafrica, Carbon Tanzania CEO Marc Baker, Taking Root CEO Kahlil Baker (Taking Root's CommuniTree project in Nicaragua was COTAP's first partner project in 2011), and Molly Hawes, Senior Climate Action and Engagement Manager at Springer Nature.
Strenghtening Plan Vivo's Regional Presence
The stakeholder event (this was COTAP’s third) is a great way to connect in-person with existing project leaders, as well as network with potential collaborators from all over the world who share the value of inclusive and pro-poor climate action.
On this panel, FIVE out of COTAP’s six currently-supported projects participated: Nakau CEO Robbie Henderson (Drawa project in Fiji), Ecotrust Uganda’s Executive Director Pauline Nantongo, AMBIO’s Helena Barona (Scolel’te project in Mexico), Tambor Lyngdoh of the Khasi Hills REDD+ Project in India, Emmy Primadonna of KKI Warsi’s Bujang Raba project in Indonesia, and Plan Vivo Trustee Mark Pfoffenberger.
Tambor and Emmy presented recorded presentations as they weren’t able to obtain visas, so it was great to also hear Mark, who along with his spouse Kate Smith-Hanssen, has been instrumental in both projects’ implementation and success, represent both projects in person.
More about COTAP & Plan Vivo
Since 2011, COTAP has exclusively supported projects certified by Plan Vivo. Plan Vivo, the world's oldest voluntary carbon standard, celebrated its 25th birthday in 2022. Today, over 100,000 rural community members are engaged in 27 Plan Vivo projects spanning 285,000 hectares in 21 countries. These projects have created over 7 million tonnes of planned CO2 emissions reductions and have channeled over $25 million to these communities, some of the poorest on Earth.
Plan Vivo remains the only carbon standard to require that projects share a minimum of 60% of carbon revenues with local communities. Combined with COTAP’s transparent pricing of $15/tonne and modest margin of 10%, this means that an unparalleled $8.10+ of community income is created per tonne offset through COTAP.
Beatrice Ahimbisibwe Country: Uganda Community: Bitereko Trees Planted: 1,400 Total Earnings To Date: $1,831 Livelihood Benefits: New house, furniture, children's school fees, invested in building a new school
Anastazia Solomon Country: Malawi Village: Mkokamwendo Trees Planted: 467 over 1 ha & 800-meters boundary plantings Climate Benefit: 193 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $360 Total Expected Earnings: $600 Livelihood Benefits: Children's school fees, home improvements, pig farming
Musingo Mikhaya Country: Uganda Village: Bukusu Trees Planted: 330 Climate Benefit: 178.4 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $142 Total Expected Earnings: $472 Livelihood Benefits: Healthcare costs, children's school fees, supported livestock farming, transport of farm produce to markets
Marcelino Arostegui Mendosa Country: Nicaragua Community: Morcillo Trees Planted: 2,917 Total Earnings To Date: $446.24 Total Expected Earnings: $1,711.13 Livelihood Benefits: Tools for farm repairs, extra food and supplies, fuelwood
Maria Elisa Gonzales Country: Nicaragua Community: La Grecia Trees Planted: 3,167 Total Earnings To Date: $754.22 Total Expected Earnings: $2,026.69 Livelihood Benefits: Food, clothing, children's school supplies
Daniel Mukhwana Country: Uganda Village: Bumbo Trees Planted: 799 via dispersed interplantings over 4 hectares Climate Benefit: 475.6 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $378 Total Expected Earnings: $1260 Livelihood Benefits: Children's school fees, improved soil quality, shade for coffee crop
Dorothy Nthala Country: Malawi Village: Tchale Trees Planted: 600 over 1800-meters boundary plantings Climate Benefit: 147 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $381 Total Expected Earnings: $685 Livelihood Benefits: Corrugated iron roof for her house, improved soil fertility, fuel wood, poles for tobacco curing sheds
Maate Zaverio Country: Uganda Village: Maliba Trees Planted: 800 Climate Benefit: 406.8 tonnes of CO2 Earnings as of 3/13/18: $976.60 Total Expected Earnings: $1,220.80 Livelihood Benefits: School fees for children, medical bills.
Beatrice Tibamwenda Country: Uganda Village: Rubirizi Trees Planted: 400 Climate Benefit: 203.4 tonnes of CO2 Earnings as of 3/9/18: $304.60 Total Expected Earnings: $610.40 Livelihood Benefits: School fees for grandchildren, medical bills for children.
Winfred Musimenta Country: Uganda Village: Kichwamba Trees Planted: 480 Climate Benefit: 203.4 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $427 Total Expected Earnings: $610.40 Livelihood Benefits: Student nutrition from crop trees including mango, avocado, and jackfruit. Shade.