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).

Case study

“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.”

Chief Kizaka of Kasigau

Delivering towards the Global Goals

No poverty

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

Zero hunger

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

Quality education

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

Clean water and sanitation

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.

Affordable and clean energy

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

Decent work and economic growth

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

Climate action

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.

Life on land

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