Resource Details

Scolel Te Plan Vivo Project

Project: Project - Nonprofit

Contact Info; Tel/Fax: +52 967 678 8409


  • Cooperativa AMBIOChiapas Mexico (primary)
  • University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • ECOSUR - El Collegio de la Frontera Sur


Species Info

  • Calophyllum brasiliense
  • Ceiba pentandra
  • Cojoba arborea
  • Tabebuia donell-smithii
  • Pouteria sapota
  • Blepharidium mexicanum
  • Gliricidia sepium


  • The mission of this project is to promote sustainable rural development through the restoration and conservation of the local environment in the Oaxaca state of Mexico.
  • Additionally, the project aims to sequester carbon, reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and use payments for ecosystem services as an incentive for communities to protect and sustainably manage natural resources.
  • The project began in 1996 with the creation of the Cooperative Society AMBIO. The first studies for the Scolel'Te project started in 1994 and have been coordinated by AMBIO from 1997 until now. 
  • The project uses the “Plan Vivo” system of monitoring the carbon capture in the planted trees.
  • Indigenous peoples participate in the reforesting for carbon sequestration and environmental co-benefits as well as the benefits of creating agroforestry and silvopastoral systems.  
  • So far 7,500 hectares of forest and cloudforest have been restored and over 77 communities have been involved in the program.
  • Scolel’Te is currently developing two REDD+ projects, one based in Marques de Comillas and one in el Ocote. 
  • Future plans include developing a plan to monitor the socioeconomic impacts of the project on the participants as well as the impact on biodiversity. 

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