Kasigau REDD+ in 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).
“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.”