Kibale forest is what remains of a rainforest that used to stretch across the entire Congo Basin. It’s a haven for many species including more than 370 bird species and is believed to have one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in the world.
In the 1970s and 80s, 15,000 hectares were cleared. Although the area is no longer farmed, elephant grass prevents trees growing. ClimateCare has been generating funds for a project that cuts back the elephant grass and repopulates the area with indigenous trees.
This is not a charity project. Once mature, the forest will store up to 400 tonnes of CO2 per hectare. This carbon reduction is measured and sold to businesses who want to offset their own carbon emissions, providing a long term revenue stream to the National Park.
Community involvement has been essential to the project’s success. Hundreds of local jobs have been created growing and planting the seedlings as well as looking after the trees as they grow to maturity. The forest attracts rain and so is surrounded by a thriving agricultural belt. Digging trenches to prevent elephants raiding crops and providing safe water to local communities are all part of the project’s holistic approach to protecting the environment and improving lives.
- Employment: Hundreds of local jobs have been created
- Safe water: To local communities
- Forest Regeneration: Providing habitat for many endangered species
- Carbon reduction: Capturing 400t CO2 per hectare
Scondina Tindikyeitira has worked for the project for more than 14 years. A widow, she is now able to fully support her 15 year old grand daughter and pay her high school tuition fees from the salary she earns working in the project’s nursery.
ClimateCare’s corporate clients have supported this project for 12 years, so far planting around 1,000 hectares of new rainforest.
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