Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project     This pioneering programme in Kenya is the first Reduced Emissions from Deforestation an...
Carbon Finance and REDD+REDD+ projects are essential in the international effort tocombat climate change as deforestation ...
Reforestation                                                                                     An additional activity o...
Biodiversity                                                                         Carbon CalculationsThe Project Area, ...
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CarbonNeutral Company clients can now support the world’s first VCS verified REDD+ project, enabling businesses to reduce emissions by preventing deforestation, as well as benefit local communities, preserve plant species and protect endangered animals.
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Kasigau Corridor carbon offset project

  1. 1. Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project This pioneering programme in Kenya is the first Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project to gain Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) validation. Also validated to Gold Level of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard, it is implementing critical activities for reducing deforestation while creating local sustainable development opportunities and protecting valuable ecosystems. The project is located in one of Conservation International’s Global Hotspots – areas holding especially high numbers of endemic species, yet facing extreme and immediate threats. In addition to a range of plant species, The Kasigau Corridor project is home to five mammal species that are considered endangered, vulnerable or threatened: African elephant, cheetah, lion, African hunting dog and Grevy’s zebra. The Project Situated in the Taita Taveta District, Kenya, between the Tsavo deforestation and degradation mostly began in the late 1980s, East and Tsavo West National Parks, the Kasigau Corridor largely due to more families moving into the area to harvest as project avoids unplanned deforestation and degradation of the more fertile hill top lands could no longer meet the needs tropical forests. This second phase of the project is on of the population. 13 blocks of land owned by Indigenous Community Much of the farming in the area is unsustainable with no long Ownership Groups. term management of the soil. This, combined with insufficient The project developer, Wildlife Works, has launched this and unpredictable rain patterns, with rain often very localised, carbon project having already spent 10 years building a local has led farmers to continually move to new plots in order to consumer clothing business that created jobs, built schools find a better crop yield, clearing more forest. and provided economic benefits to communities, in order Prior to Wildlife Works’ arrival in the area in 1997, this to conserve endangered and threatened wildlife. agricultural conversion occurred in the areas adjacent to the Wildlife Works Carbon was a natural extension to this work, project in a heavy and visible manner, and even into some enabling the provision of a revenue stream from bio diverse project areas. Deforestation even continues significantly in forest protection. the area adjacent to the project today, illustrating that, in the The project reduces carbon dioxide emissions by protecting absence of the project, this activity would continue. natural carbon sinks that, in the absence of the project, would have been deforested and/or degraded for subsistence agriculture, typically using slash and burn techniques to grow maize. The area primarily consists of low density forestland, shrub land, and grassland savannah. Historically, deforestation in the areas adjacent to the project areas was primarily driven by the local farmers from the Taita and Duruma Tribes. These communities converted the land to cropland, typically by first degrading the land for the illegal Monitoring carbon for verification charcoal trade, followed by subsistence agriculture. TheThe CarbonNeutral Company - a world-leading provider of carbon reduction solutionsLondon T: +44 20 7833 6000 E: sales@carbonneutral.comNew York T: 1-646-367-5800 E: salesna@carbonneutral.comSingapore T: + 65 688 44465 E: salesasia@carbonneutral.com www.carbonneutral.com
  2. 2. Carbon Finance and REDD+REDD+ projects are essential in the international effort tocombat climate change as deforestation and forestrydegradation account for approximately 18% of globalcarbon emissions, more than the transport and aviationsectors combined.There are a number of different causes of deforestation butThe United Nations Framework Convention on ClimateChange (UNFCCC) states that the most common direct causeof deforestation is agriculture, with subsistence farmingallegedly responsible for almost 50%. Intensive cattlegrazing – considered an agricultural cause of deforestation- often prevents the growth of young trees and shrubs, which Agriculturewould otherwise help to naturally repopulate deforested In order to assist the local communities in their move awayareas. from subsistence agriculture and deforestation, WildlifeThis means that combating deforestation and degradation Works has established an organic greenhouse at the projectcaused by subsistence agriculture in a region such as this, is in addition to multiple nurseries with more in development.crucial to making a significant difference to global greenhouse The greenhouse grows citrus trees and agroforestrygas emissions, while also having the added benefits of species such as Neem and Moringa oliefera to meet farmer’sbiodiversity protection and community development. medicinal, nutritional and fuel wood needs. Each nursery, employing approximately five people, is responsible for working with their immediate community to plan and implement the crops, while Wildlife Works provides training. In addition, the nurseries are building a business around Jojoba planting. The oil from Jojoba seeds is quite valuable and is used in the cosmetics industry and as biodiesel fuel. Community members are raising the plants in the nurseries to later plant and harvest while Wildlife Works will assist in providing market links for the farmers to sell the seeds. Evidence of deforestation adjacent to Kasigau Corridor The local population’s need for farm land has also been addressed by the establishment of a land cooperative on 5,000 acres. This used land that had been cleared beforeActivities to Reduce Deforestation Wildlife Works began its work.and Create Sustainable DevelopmentWildlife Works has implemented a wide range of sustainabledevelopment initiatives in the project area and adjacent landto reduce deforestation, with much of the focus on influencingbehavioural change through agroforestry projects, but alsothrough physical protection with unarmed ranger patrols.As the carbon project builds, Wildlife Works is committedto expanding and creating a new range of innovativeco-benefits for the communities, all of which are developed in Elephants on grassland at Kasigau Corridorclose consultation with community committees.The CarbonNeutral Company - a world-leading provider of carbon reduction solutionsLondon T: +44 20 7833 6000 E: sales@carbonneutral.comNew York T: 1-646-367-5800 E: salesna@carbonneutral.comSingapore T: + 65 688 44465 E: salesasia@carbonneutral.com www.carbonneutral.com
  3. 3. Reforestation An additional activity of the project is a three year reforestation project on the slopes of Mt. Kasigau to plant 20,000 indigenous hardwood trees. These trees are not included in the emission reduction calculations, but it is a valuable initiative to help replace trees cut down for charcoal production and construction over the past years. The community members involved in the monitoring and implementation of the project are rewarded financially for helping ensure Forest at Kasigau Corridor its permanence.Forest and Biodiversity Monitoring School Construction and Bursary SchemeAn important part of the project is the physical protection of the Wildlife Works has already built 18 classrooms throughout theland. Wildlife Works has set up several ranger stations around district and a partner has established a bursary programmethe project areas. Each station has between eight and 12 which has sent dozens of children to high school. A planWildlife Works rangers, recruited and trained from the local is in place to send at least five new students a year throughcommunities. There are nearly 80 rangers in total employed four-year secondary school programmes and on to collegeby the project currently. The primary role of the rangers is to or university. A school construction and maintenance fundprotect the land from deforestation, including illegal charcoal will provide funding every year to seed school constructionproduction and cattle grazing. There is also a High Conservation and maintenance projects in the area.Value (HCV) team responsible for tracking and monitoring theHCV species, including African elephant, cheetah and lion.Wildlife Works is also expanding a partnership with theKasigau Development Trust to create a new team ofcommunity scouts, which will protect wildlife that remains onMt. Kasigau, just outside the project area.Organic Clothing FactoryOne of Wildlife Works’ core projects from the beginning hasbeen the construction of an eco factory. People from thelocal community were employed during construction andnow young women from the community are employed to sew Eco charcoal productionorganic cotton clothing, which is exported to the US andEurope for sale on the internet and in fashion boutiques. Eco Charcoal and Fuel WoodThe factory is in the process of expanding and is expected tocreate several more employment opportunities. In Africa an estimated 90% of the entire continent’s population uses wood-based fuel, such as charcoal, for cooking. In order to avoid wood being taken in an unsustainable and ecologically damaging way, the project has started using sustainably managed wood from the greenhouses for some fuel supply. In addition, it has initiated an extensive project to explore the large scale production of carbon neutral charcoal derived from bush trimmings, allowing the local community to be self-sufficient in fuel wood without having to degrade any of the land. Women at the eco factoryThe CarbonNeutral Company - a world-leading provider of carbon reduction solutionsLondon T: +44 20 7833 6000 E: sales@carbonneutral.comNew York T: 1-646-367-5800 E: salesna@carbonneutral.comSingapore T: + 65 688 44465 E: salesasia@carbonneutral.com www.carbonneutral.com
  4. 4. Biodiversity Carbon CalculationsThe Project Area, part of the greater Tsavo ecosystem, is on The Kasigau Corridor project uses the VCS approvedthe northern most border of one of Conservation International’s methodology element VM0009 – Methodology for AvoidedGlobal Hotspots – The Eastern Arc Mountains hot spot. Mosaic Deforestation of Tropical Forests Version 1.0. It isActing as a corridor between two national parks; the project the first REDD project (of any methodology) to be validatedzone contains almost all the species present in these to the VCS. The VCS rules require that carbon credits soldparks and qualifies as an area of High Conservation Value. from projects like this must adhere to ‘ex-post’ accountingSpecifically, the project area is home to a complete dryland whereby credits verified can only be from carbonecosystem including five mammal species that are considered sequestered in the past, not predicted for theendangered, vulnerable or threatened under International future (ex-ante).Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines: African The project area for the calculation of carbon emissionelephant, cheetah, lion, African hunting dog, and a globally reductions from the Phase 2 project area covers 169,741significant population of Grevy’s zebra. hectares of dryland forest land, owned by 13 IndigenousWildlife Works has employed unarmed rangers to prevent Community Ownership Groups.illegal access to the project area and to monitor the forest, The project is validated by an independent qualifiedwildlife populations and ecosystem health. Previously much auditor accredited to audit to VCS criteria. Additionally, theof the wildlife has either been poached or scared away by project is validated and verified to the Climate, Community andhuman activity, specifically overgrazing of cattle. However, Biodiversity (CCB) Standard and has achieved Gold Levelthe income available from the carbon project will make it status due to the biodiversity significance of the area.unnecessary for local communities to lease the land forcattle grazing by others. This, in addition to a full ranger The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project is monitored annuallypatrol, should enable the historically bio-diverse habitat to by Wildlife Works and community employees to producereturn, not only benefiting the ecosystem but also increasing documentation for annual carbon accounting verifications.the ecotourism potential for the area and communities. ETHIOPIA UGANDA SOMALIA TANZANIA INDIAN OCEAN Project Location: Kasigau Corridor is situated in the Taita Taveta District, Kenya, between the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.The CarbonNeutral Company - a world-leading provider of carbon reduction solutionsLondon T: +44 20 7833 6000 E: sales@carbonneutral.comNew York T: 1-646-367-5800 E: salesna@carbonneutral.comSingapore T: + 65 688 44465 E: salesasia@carbonneutral.com www.carbonneutral.com

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