Forests support the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people and provide a home to more than half the earth’s biodiversity, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. 35 million acres are lost every year, producing 7 billion tonnes of CO2, more than is produced by the entire transport sector.
The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project is not only protecting more than 500,000 hectares of highly threatened Kenyan forest; it is preserving important wildlife migration routes and directly supporting more than 100,000 people in local communities. The sale of carbon offsets finances the project and pays for the maintenance and protection of trees. It also pays local landowners an income and provides money for local communities to implement projects of their choice such as water provision and bursaries for education.
Focussed on job creation, the project has directly employed over 400 people including wildlife rangers, sustainable charcoal production workers and community liaison officers. Part of its job creation activity involves the successful running of a sustainable clothing factory that employs 75 local people and works in partnership with businesses including PUMA, to market clothing to consumers across the world.
- New jobs and skills: 400 people directly employed, plus community trust fund invests in local projects. Over 2000 children funded into secondary school and tertiary education and 20 classrooms built / renovated.
- Protecting wildlife: Creating a wildlife corridor for over 50 species of large mammals (including Grey’s Zebras, Cheetahs, Lions and African elephants) and more than 300 species of birds.
- Community investment: A community trust fund invests in local projects, including one water catchment project that provides water for up to 8000 people on a weekly basis.
- Slows deforestation: The project provides the community with a sustainable charcoal program and other alternatives to slash and burn agriculture, a major form of deforestation in the area. Carbon offset sales also finance forest monitoring jobs, providing maintenance and protection of trees.
- World first: This landmark project was the first REDD+ project validated and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), and was awarded Gold Level Status for exceptional biodiversity and climate benefits.
Case Study: Hannah – Kasigau basket weaving group
“The Basket Weavers formed in 2004. Our objectives were to improve the livelihood of women and improve the education standards for our kids and families. We aim to generate money to buy food (the area is too dry to grow crops). We weave together and sell the baskets at local markets. We can now pay for our children’s education, which for women is amazing. Some of our children have even gone to secondary school.”
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