December 2019, Zimbabwe. Since 2011 the Kariba Forest Protection project has protected 784,987 ha and prevented more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In order to achieve this impressive figure the project centres around supporting the independence and wellbeing of local communities.
South Pole is delighted to announce that the Kariba Forest Protection Project has successfully finished its fourth verification under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and third under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS). More than 10 million Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) have been verified for a three year period.
"The Kariba REDD+ Project exists today thanks to the sales of VCUs and the hard work of the dedicated team who work tirelessly to keep the project activities running. Even though the project activities are designed to be self-sustained in the long term, the severe drought in the region makes the revenue from the carbon credits (VCUs) even more important." says South Pole Project Manager Abel Alan Marcarini.
Project activities including: conservation agriculture, community gardens, beekeeping training and ecotourism, create jobs and facilitate sustainable incomes to continually benefit the entire community. With a long dry spell and ever more unpredictable weather patterns, the project has responded to community requests for more water pumps, borehole rehabilitation and fire management.
The fourth verification of the Kariba project means that Kariba can continue to provide high quality support to the community, and reduce a further 10 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere before the next verification. For more information about our Kariba Project, visit our website, or read updates from the project.