The carbon validation from Plan Vivio was carried out by a Scotland based independent firm The Landscape and Livelihood Group (TLLG). The field verification mission took place from 1st March to 13th March 2020. The mission by TLLG was accompanied by CSU Forest Carbon expert Jorge Ramos from Charles Sturt University-Australia and FCOTI C.E.O Alexandre Sarmento and the project field team. The entire mission went well as per the schedule and plan. “We are just very lucky that the current State of Emergency in Timor-Leste and subsequent prohibition of entries of foreigners to the country as a result of Covid-19 Pandemic was not yet in effect at that time. This had enabled the validation to be done without difficulty” said Alex Sarmento.
FCOTI, GTNT and CSU would like to thank everyone involved in this process specially funding support from the UK government through Darwin Initiative and technical assistance from Charles Sturt University. The FCOTI field team in Dili, Laclubar and Soibada facilitated visits to a selection of the plantations and meetings with community leaders, farmers, government representatives and NGOs. We look forward to the first-ever Plan Vivo certified carbon Offset project in Timor-Leste!!