Zimbabwe: Kariba REDD+

This project, in collaboration with the South Pole Group is based in Lake Kariba, northern Zimbabwe. The project aims to set up a world-class wildlife management area within the proposed Green Zambezi Corridor (GZA) conserving the wildlife, land and self-empowering the local people with small-holder business opportunities.

This programme provides a variety of workshops, enabling an empowered and self-reliant community who are able to protect their environment and livelihood. These include:
– Moringa leaf production
– establishing fast-growing fuel-wood plantations
– conservation farming
– community gardening
– beekeeping
– borehole resuscitation and maintenance
– forest fire management

These activities will lead to an increase in food production and food security for the local community. The new agricultural practices will increase soil fertility and equally avoid the need to move to different areas avoiding further deforestation. The community gardens, especially during the dry periods will provide food security and production. The borehole resuscitation will secure the community’s access to water. Furthermore, anti-poaching teams and snare recovery provide a much-needed relief to threats to local wildlife.

Further income will be generated thanks to a carbon-offsetting programme. To date, the Kariba project has prevented over 18 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This has been achieved by not only protecting and conserving forests, but in each aspect of the project, including the availability of cleaner fuel resources, sustainable food sources, and the continued support of sustainable livelihoods. By purchasing carbon credits through the Kariba project, companies can offset their emissions with the knowledge that they are not only helping the environment but also changing lives for the better. South Pole Group offers services in the whole carbon offset cycle, from helping companies to calculate how much CO2 they emit, to creating and managing projects and to issuing certified carbon credits.

 

Threats:


• Forest degradation due to the harvest of trees for cooking
• Forest loss caused by wildfires during the dry season
• Food shortage in areas where community gardens and boreholes do not yet exist
• Tree harvesting for tobacco curing


Achievements:


• More than 785,000 hectares of pristine forests and endemic wildlife has been conserved
• Targeted clinics have been improved by providing basic amenities, stocking drugs and dressings and subsidising pay for health workers
• More than 100 school fee subsidies have been made available for the poorest quartile of the population
• Livelihoods for local communities have improved, including food security, due to the implementation of project activities like conservation agriculture, community gardens, beekeeping, establishment/resuscitation of boreholes and fire management, among others
• Direct employment opportunities have been generated for local people for project operations such as community scouts, staff for fire prevention measures and water pump maintenance


Hectares:


747,800