Kasigau REDD+ in Kenya

Standard: VCS     Technology: REDD      Location: Kenya

The Kasigau REDD project prevents deforestation and forest degradation, helping to protect wildlife and promote biodiversity in 500,000 acres of highly endangered Kenyan forest. With a focus on job creation, the project seeks to enable local communities to develop a sustainable source of income and improve their livelihoods, without resorting to ‘slash and burn’ agriculture. For example, some 75 local people are employed at a carbon neutral, Fair Trade clothing factory, which partners with international businesses to market its products to consumers around the world. This landmark project was the first REDD+ project to be validated and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

Delivering against the Global Goals

Protecting the forest provides communities with stable jobs and helps to support food and water security.

Farmers have learnt how to increase yields on the same amount of land, and diversified their crop types.

3,500 children have been able to attend secondary school and tertiary education, and 14 classrooms have been renovated.

The community trust has opted to spend half its proceeds on access to water, including a rock catchment that reaches 8,000 people per week.

Producing charcoal sustainably in the forest is a more efficient fuel solution than indiscriminately felling trees for firewood.

The project has created 300 jobs, including 75 jobs at a carbon neutral, Fair Trade clothing factory.

Providing alternatives to ‘slash and burn’ agriculture and unsustainable charcoal production protects 500,000 acres of forest and saves more than 1m tonnes of CO2 a year.

The project protects a wildlife migration corridor that is home to 50 large mammal species, 300 bird species and 2,000 elephants.

Case Study: Chief Kizaka of Kasigau

“REDD brings a positive change to our region with real and direct solutions for poverty alleviation that will uplift our community. This is not charity. Carbon money helps us meet basic needs and improve our lifestyle. The money is earned through conservation activities that afford us the ability to protect our environment.”