SCC-ViAgro-forestry Kagera,Emiti Nibwo Burola –‘Trees sustain life’


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SCC-ViAgro-forestry Kagera,Emiti Nibwo Burola –‘Trees sustain life’

  1. 1. SCC-Vi Agro-forestry Kagera, Emiti Nibwo Burola – ‘Trees sustain life’ Grace R. Eustace Communicating Carbon Workshop 12-14 October 2011 Nairobi, Kenya
  2. 2. Local Context <ul><li>Project operate in Karagwe district, Tree cover in this area is estimated to be 300000 hectares, (93000 ha under conservation) </li></ul><ul><li>Plan vivo project named ‘Emiti Nibwo Burola’ </li></ul><ul><li>Participant farmers are moderately wealthy, most of very poor farmers do not join the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Piloting group consist of males only. There are females in newly recruited groups. At least 20%, most of farmers have standard seven level education and depend only on farm produce for consumption and income </li></ul>
  3. 3. Source: Topographic sheet 1961 & satellite images 1984, 1999 & 2007 95 Km 2 130 Km 2 28 Km 2 60 Km 2 November 1, 2011 Word Water Week 2010
  4. 4. Describing Carbon Sequestration <ul><li>Up take of CO2 by plants (trees) </li></ul><ul><li>Plants feed on CO2 (pollutant gas in the atmosphere) </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon can not be released by not cutting down trees without planting others, sustainable agriculture. </li></ul><ul><li>Science terms are like green house gases, carbon dioxide, climate change, biodiversity etc </li></ul><ul><li>Drawings with explanation do better on conveying the meaning of carbon sequestration. To areas where there is electricity films also do better </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest challenge is to induce the idea of carbon sale (how the business is done) </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity, make them feel part of the world in trying to combat climate change through carbon project. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Financial and Non-Financial Benefits & Costs <ul><li>We talk on incentive and not payment (present benefit), enable them to manage farm </li></ul><ul><li>General benefit of trees </li></ul><ul><li>Business plan on trees for timber (late benefit) </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge (some prefer to receive money before implementation) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) <ul><li>Monitoring is our daily work (self monitoring by farmers) </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring based on conditions of agreement (to qualify to receive incentive) </li></ul><ul><li>Share monitoring results with farmers on their farms </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge on monitoring (some farmers forget spacing of their technical specification) </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting to project level - quarterly (PM) and Plan Vivo Foundation – Annually. </li></ul><ul><li>Verification – not yet done (probably in 2012 by Plan Vivo Foundation) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Legal Issues <ul><li>Farmers who join the project should own the piece of land (verified by village government) </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement of stakeholders from village to Regional level </li></ul><ul><li>No challenge faced at all (new project) </li></ul><ul><li>Failure by farmer to abide to the contract does not lead to take his/ her land instead he/she will be dropped out of the project. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank you!