Lions, zebras and elephants
Our Carbon offset project in Kasigau in Kenya
Forest conservation, Kasigau Wildlife Corridor, Kenya
How do you actually conserve 200,000 hectares of forest? The forest in question is a section of dry forest and savanna in the Kasigau Wildlife Corridor, which connects the Tsavo East and Tsavo West Natural Parks in Kenya. It is home to endangered species such as lions, zebras and parrots as well as countless species of birds. Every day during their seasonal migration, 2,000 African elephants cross the area.
However, this forest area is facing massive deforestation and slash-and-burn practices. In order to protect the Kasigau Wildlife Corridor, rangers who guard and defend the area are being trained among the local population. More income opportunities for the local population are required in order to stem the depletion of the natural environment. That's why the project creates jobs in factories and small businesses.
This project was chosen as the Best Offsetting Project in Environmental Finance's 8th voluntary carbon poll in 2017.
Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Financial support of health infrastructure, construction of a hospital.
Residents' training for long-term protection of forest areas, building of new schools, scholarships.
Creating 350 job opportunities, especially for women in sustainable clothing industry and tree nursery.
New jobs have been created in the area, for example in tree nurserey, in health care or education or for rangers - important alternatives to illegal deforestation.
This project protects an important carbon sink.
Protection of the biodiversity in the area and conservation of an important eco system.
How does forest protection help fight global warming?
Forests, especially tropical ones, store CO2. For projects aimed at combatting climate change, there are essentially three methods for creating and sustaining forestry as a carbon sink:
- forestation and reforestation
- sustainable forest management (where the amount of timber harvested does not exceed the amount that can grow back)
- financial incentives for the protection of forestland as a carbon sink (the UN's REDD+ program), whereby the project owner must ensure that tree cover is maintained