Coast Province, Kenya, Africa
PROJECT DEVELOPER & OWNER: Wildlife Works
START UP DATE: February 2011
ESTIMATED REDUCTIONS: 1.2 million tonnes CO2e over 30 years
PROJECT TYPE: REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation)
OFFSET STANDARDS: Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards
The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project protects over 500,000 acres of dryland forest in southeastern Kenya, securing the wildlife migration corridor between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Prior to project implementation, the forested area was under intense threat from slash and burn agriculture, thus regional advancement of alternative livelihoods and sustainable community development have been instrumental in the project’s realization.
The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project became the first REDD+ project in the world to achieve Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) validation and verification with issued credits in February 2011 and was awarded Gold Level status by the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) for exceptional regional benefits. It will avoid the emission of over 55 million tonnes of CO2e over the 30-year life of the project. The project now benefits over 100,000 rural Kenyans, including 4,000 local landowners, through the distribution of carbon revenue, providing a low-carbon development pathway for the project area’s rural communities. Job creation is the core conservation strategy.
The project employs more than 400 local citizens as forest and wildlife rangers, plot sampling staff, horticulturists, eco-factory workers, construction workers, mechanics and administrative personnel who previously had to destroy their environment just to survive.
Additionally, the project has created regional development of education, water access, women’s empowerment and small enterprise business opportunities, while agricultural intensification methods stop slash and burn and enhance food security. The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project has also achieved tremendous results in biodiversity preservation, and is credited with rebounding regional populations of endangered species like the African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, cheetah and lion.
—Mama Mercy Ngaruia, Kasigau community member
—Chief Pascal Kizaka or the Kasigau Corridor