The Yaeda-Eyasi Landscape REDD project strengthens land tenure, management capacity and local natural resource management in Hadza hunter-gatherer and Tatoga pastoralist communities in Northern Tanzania, thereby contributing to local and international conservation aims.
By working with traditional leaders, elected village governments and a team of community members, Carbon Tanzania (CT) has established a results-based PES system through the sale of ex-post Plan Vivo Certificates (PVCs).
Social and Sustainability Benefits
The Big Picture
We’ve lost around 40% of the world’s forests. Every second an area the size of a football pitch is destroyed. Every year, we lose 15 million hectares/150,000 square kilometres of forest land, resulting in a billion tons of carbon released into the atmosphere, the single largest contributor of human-caused greenhouse gases. Land use change, including deforestation and degradation accounts for 12-29% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Developing countries are at particular risk for loss of primary forest and its biodiversity. Throughout Africa communities and the wildlife are in conflict; livestock, poaching, charcoal... wild areas rapidly becoming depleted of vegetation and wildlife resulting in drought-prone barren lands. Reducing emissions through conservation, sustainable management of forests and improving forest carbon stocks is considered essential to achieve the objectives of the UNFCCC. Regenerating indigenous plants and trees is the most effective way to ensure a resistant, biodiverse ecosystem that heals soils and draws down more carbon.
How It Works
As plants and trees grow, they absorb and store carbon dioxide emissions that drive global warming. Forests have the potential to remove two-thirds of all the emissions from human activities that remain in the atmosphere. Avoiding deforestation and protecting the forests we have plays a particularly essential part of that. Protecting indigenous plants and trees is also the most effective way to ensure resistant ecosystems that secure watersheds, protect soils and nurture biodiversity.
The Yaeda-Eyasi Landscape REDD project supports Hadza hunter-gatherer and Tatoga pastoralist communities in Northern Tanzania to implement their rights to land, and manage its natural resources, thereby contributing to local and international conservation aims.. By working with traditional leaders, elected village governments and a team of community members, Carbon Tanzania (CT) has established a results-based PES system through the sale of ex-post Plan Vivo Certificates (PVCs).
This REDD project strengthens land tenure, management capacity and local natural resource management, and diversifies local incomes. Successful avoided deforestation is achieved through a series of interventions including reinforcing the implementation of the approved village land use plan and associated village by-laws, improving forest conservation and management activities and addressing the primary driver of deforestation, shifting agriculture. The community members are trained to patrol and report any land use change and / or poaching activities which contribute to tackling illegal land intrusion and resulting land conversion at both local and district level.