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COTAP at Plan Vivo Stakeholder Meeting

November 11th, 2022

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.

Introducing 3 New Projects in Mexico, Fiji, & Indonesia…

September 30th, 2020

Now when you offset your unavoidable CO2 emissions through COTAP, you’re enhancing landscapes and livelihoods in 6 countries: Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Mexico, Indonesia, and Fiji!

Chiapas, Mexico

Dating back to a pilot programme in 1994, Cooperativa AMBIO’s Scolel’te project is the longest-running ecosystem services project in the world. Scolel’te, which means “the tree that grows” in Mayan Tzeltal language, was the very first project registered under the Plan Vivo carbon standard. Spanning 9,150 hectares of restored and protected forests, Scolel’te has achieved projected carbon benefits of 550,331 tonnes and generated $1,017,945.80 for approximately 2,500 participating households. You can offset your CO2 through this project here.

Jambi, Indonesia

Coordinated by Komunitas Konservasi Indonesia (KKI) WARSI, the Bujang Raba Community PES (Payments for Ecosystem Services) project, conserves endangered primary rainforest in Sumatra’s Bukti Barisan forest through an avoided deforestation intervention programme, also referred to as REDD+. The project involves 5 indigenous communities in protecting tropical mountainous forests. Since 2016, 934 households have protected 5,339 hectares, verifiably preventing 227,460 tonnes of CO2 emissions. You can offset your CO2 through this project here.

Vanua Levu, Fiji

Through 2019, the Drawa Rainforest Conservation project has created $283,063.32 in income for approximately 120 inland village households in Vanua Levu, Fiji. Managed by the Nakau Programme and operational since 2018, Drawa protects 4,120 ha of tropical rainforest and prevents the emissions of 18,800 tonnes of CO2 per year. Drawa is owned by the indigenous Fjiian landowners, comprising approximately 450 people across five villages. You can offset your CO2 through this project here.