Kariba Skogsskydd

Saving forests, protecting wildlife, and changing lives

Zimbabwe
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Efter årtionden av politisk och ekonomisk turbulens, känner invånarna i Zimbabwe nu effekterna av ett förändrat, mer oförutsägbart klimat. Med begränsade ekonomiska möjligheter gräver vissa samhällen djupare in i landets skogar för att tillgodose deras grundläggande behov, rensar mark för livsmedelsbruk och bränsle. Mer än en tredjedel av Zimbabwes majestätiska skogar har gått förlorade. Kariba-projektet skyddar kvarvarande sträckor längs gränsen mellan Zimbabwe och Zambia, samtidigt som lokalsamhällen utrustas med nödvändiga resurser och färdigheter för att skydda sin framtid.

Plats
Zimbabwe
Typ
Avoided Deforestation
Registry
Standards
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Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty

USD 249,000+

income generated from beekeeping, moringa tree and community garden sales

Zero Hunger

18 Nutritional gardens

are increasing food security

Good Health and Well-Being

14 Health clinics

supported with safe drinking water

Quality Education

18,000+ people

attending 430 workshops on project-related activities, such as nutritional gardening and beekeeping to date

Clean Water and Sanitation

37,000 people

have access to safe drinking water, thanks to 147 boreholes being repaired

Decent work and economic growth

22 Permanent jobs

created thanks to the project

Industry, Innovation and Infrasctruture

USD 57,000+ spent

on supporting health clinics and schools

Climate Action

3,620,000 tonnes of CO2e

mitigated on average each year since the project started in 2011

Life on land

784,987 hectares

of forest protected

Partnerships for the goals

International partnerships

between local communities, national and international organisations and carbon experts to deliver sustainable, long-term benefits.

The Solution

Kariba-projektet är ett av de största registrerade REDD+ -projekten globalt, det är ett samhällsbaserat projekt, som administreras av de fyra lokala landsbygdsråden (RDC) i Binga, Nyaminyami, Hurungwe och Mbire. Genom dessa råd kan samhällen lyfta fram när och var de särskilt behöver stöd. Investeringar i projektet går mot en rad aktiviteter som främjar dessa samhällens oberoende och välmående. Förbättrade hälsokliniker ger bättre hälso- och sjukvård, infrastruktur inklusive nya vägar, borrhål, bioförstörare förbättrar vardagen och skolstöd erbjuds till befolkningens fattigaste fjärdedel. Projektaktiviteter inom hållbart jordbruk, gemenskapsträdgårdar, biodlingsutbildning, brandhantering och ekoturism skapar jobb och underlättar hållbara inkomster, vilket gynnar hela regionen.

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"By using the conservation farming method, our community members are able to earn an income from the sunflower seeds and there's no waste: the stalks are used as fences around the homesteads."

Otilla Makanjera, Farmer at the Kariba project

The project teaches conservation farming to community members to increase food security, profitability and resilience to unpredictable weather.

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Forest-friendly beekeeping allows people to earn money from selling their honey, allowing them away from other activities that may harm the forest!

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Africa is known for some of the most impressive and awe-inspiring wilife migrations in the world – Kariba provides a safe wildlife corridor between safari and nature reserves.

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Elephants migrate through the project area to Mozambique. While wildlife is a welcome sight, to keep it at a safe distance, local people use strings of chilis or prickly knob thorn to deter elephants from coming into the crop fields.

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The whole Kariba project protects over 780,00 hectares of forest – that's more than 3x the size of Luxembourg!

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Givas Chisaka, part of the Carbon Green Africa Project Monitoring Team, is carrying out a plot monitoring field visit in Nyaminyami RDC

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The Impact

Projektet ligger längs sjön Karibas strand och bildar en jättekorridor för djurlivet som förbinder fyra nationalparker: nationalparkerna Chizarira, Matusadona, Mana Pools (vilket även är ett världsarv) och Zambias nedre Zambezi nationalpark, med åtta safarireservat! Inom detta område finns en expansiv skog som är hem till många sårbara och hotade arter - som den afrikanska elefanten, lejon, flodhästen, örongamen och den sydliga hornkorpen. Sedan starten 2011 har Kariba-projektet skyddat nästan 785 000 hektar från avskogning och nedbrytning, vilket förhindrar att 3.5 miljoner ton koldioxid släpps ut i atmosfären i genomsnitt varje år. Samtidigt som det stödjer regional hållbar utveckling, oberoende och välmående.

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"So far so good, communities highly appreciated the Kariba programme"

Luke Kalavina, Chief of Hurungwe Rural District Council

Project progress

2011
2014
2016
2019
2020
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Project progress

Fresh hope for communities in northern Zimbabwe

The community-led forest protection project is set up in 2011 to protect this incredible swathe of miombo and mopane forest by empowering communities to become more resilient to the effects of a changing climate.

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Project progress

Award season!

Three years after launch, the Kariba project is recognised as a finalist in the 2014 UNCCD's Land for Life Award and UNDP's Equator Prize 2014. These are very positive signs so early in the project.

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Project progress

Why I get out of bed in the morning

What motivates you at work? For us it's seeing the tangible changes our projects are creating together with local communities in the face of a changing climate that is bringing severe drought to already vulnerable regions.

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Project progress

An important milestone

The Kariba project completes it's 4th successful verification under one of the world's leading carbon standard, Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) and CCBS Gold Level accreditations, Climate Change Adaptation Benefits and Exceptional Biodiversity benefits! Every 2-3 years the project and its impacts are audited by an independent third-party.

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Project progress

Overcoming a challenging year

Global temperatures soared and emissions continued to rise, despite the pandemic. Yet, commitment to tackle climate change gained momentum. Not only have the communities survived the pandemic, they have thrived. See the 2020 impact report.

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