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Lower Zambezi REDD+
Funding from carbon credits allows local communities and forest management professionals to conserve a highly threatened wildlife corridor which separates Zambia’s national capital and the Lower Zambezi National Park. In additional to protecting wildlife habitat and creating sustainable livelihoods, preventing the release of CO2e from deforestation will play a role in mitigating global climate change.
HOW IT WORKS
Zambia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the continent. The drivers of deforestation are mostly associated with subsistence activities undertaken by communities: the removal of timber for charcoal production, and the expansion of small-scale agriculture. Charcoal provides fuel for household cooking, and also provides cash income. The project addresses deforestation by working directly with 28 forest-dependent communities to reduce dependency on charcoal production by introducing both a sustainable way of producing charcoal improved and diversified agricultural practices, as well as creating alternative income streams, such as ecotourism.
OFFSETS MADE IT HAPPEN
Without offsets, the most likely land use scenario would be a continued and rapid degradation of forests in the project area, which bridge the gap between the Lower Zambezi National Park and Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. Urban demand for charcoal makes the project area particularly vulnerable to degradation, and funding from the sale of carbon offsets enabled the design and implementation of the activities above. It also enabled a forest monitoring program which will help prevent unregulated deforestation from occurring.
OTHER BENEFITS OF THE INSTALLATION
The project area, also known as the Rufansa Conservancy, strategically protects 60km of boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, which is home to 23,000 elephants lions, antelopes, and other threatened species. In this sense the project is extremely important for maintaining healthy populations of wildlife in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Project At A Glance Project Location: Rufansa Conservancy Project Type: REDD+ Area: 38,781 hectares Proponents: Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc, BioCarbon Partners Registry: Markit Environmental Registry Standard: VCS and CCB Credits Generated per Year 210,316 tCO2e Equivalent # of cars removed from the road annually: 44,277 (Based on EPA GHG Equivalency Calculator) Validator: Det Norske Veritas Verifier: Det Norske Veritas Portfolio: Hemlock Printers International, General Project Start: October 1st, 2009 Project Longevity: 30 years