KARIBA AFRICAN WILDLIFE CORRIDOR — Northern Zimbabwe
Stand For Trees Project Impacts
The Kariba African Wildlife Corridor Project serves as a corridor between three existing national parks in Zimbabwe, namely Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira as well as eight further wildlife reserves. By providing a corridor for wildlife, the project has a positive impact on biodiversity both within the project area and in the surrounding region.
The project impacts include improved habitat for threatened species like the Black Rhinoceros, of which few individuals are left in the area. Zimbabwe’s socio-economic crisis has taken a great toll on the country’s agricultural sector, its people and its wildlife. Before the project, unsustainable forest clearing & wildlife poaching ran rampant in the region. Your support of this exemplary REDD+ project through Stand For Trees is critical to reducing pressure on the country’s forests and providing sustainable means of livelihood.
• Generated more than 60 local jobs to date.
• Through the purchase of Stand For Trees Certificates, basic amenities will be supplemented for targeted schools.
• Improves habitat for threatened species like the Black Rhinoceros, of which few individuals are left in the area.
• Projected to prevent nearly 52 million tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere over a 30-year period.
The project has accomplished a multitude of activities to promote economic welfare in the region including the creation of 60 local jobs in forestry monitoring and protection, rehabilitating over 200 water boreholes for the local community, building 11 community gardens to improve nutrition, trained over 233 bee keepers as an environmentally-friendly source of income, provided training through local workshops for 1,300 participants, and supported local schools & hospitals.
Future projects include establishing sustainable fuel wood plantations and training communities in brick making. This will create jobs, provide sustainably-managed fuel wood to locals, and implement an indigenous knowledge system for mapping areas with abundant non-timber forest products resources that the communities consider for income generation.
The project’s Community and Project Sustainability Fund is structured to improve health and education in the project area — serving whole communities, especially those less fortunate. More than ten schools have already been provided with new roofing and furniture, and school fee subsidies have been awarded on numerous occasions. The project is being undertaken on communal lands that will improve their livelihood and security. The project proponents feel that this aspect of the revenue distribution is of utmost importance.
Through the purchase of Stand For Trees Certificates, basic amenities will be supplemented for targeted schools. The project activities will ensure that numbers, distribution, and salaries of teachers will be adjusted where needed, improving pupil/teacher ratios. These schools will also have an initiative to maximize pupil attendance by assisting with school fees. Climate change and environmental conservation topics will be added to the curriculum and careers within the sector/project will be encouraged.
As direct results of carbon financing, targeted clinics with in the project area will be improved and stocked with basic drugs and dressings; basic amenities will also be supplied. Availability, quality, number, and salaries of healthcare practitioners per clinic will be subsidized where needed. A Healthcare Officer was appointed to monitor and manage the clinic improvement initiative, and reports to the Board of the Community Fund.
The project serves as a corridor between existing national parks, resulting in a vast and contiguous wildlife area. The project’s biodiversity benefits include a reduction of the poaching pressure on wildlife through regular patrolling, in close cooperation with the local councils. As of January 2014, over 600 snares had been removed from the bush, which signifies a substantial relief of the pressure on the local wildlife. An extensive biodiversity assessment found a total of 150 mammal, 504 bird, 133 reptiles and 274 butterfly species in the region. In addition, the natural resources in the project area provide crucial livelihoods- fruits are collected for food and homesteads are constructed exclusively from naturally available material. Several local trees, like the Baobab tree in which chiefs are traditionally buried, are important for the cultural identity of local communities.
The Kariba corridor has numerous threatened and endangered species, including:
• Black rhinoceros
• African elephant
• African painted dog
• Lappet-faced vulture
• White-headed vulture
• Southern ground hornbill
Emission Reductions & Certifications
The Kariba African Wildlife Corridor Project is expected to generate nearly 52 million tonnes of emission reductions over a 30-year time period. This REDD+ project has been validated and verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). VCS established a robust quality assurance standard that projects use to quantify GHG emissions & issue Verified Emissions Reductions. The project has also achieved Gold Level validation & verification from the Climate, Community, & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA). The CCBA is a partnership of leading NGOs that ensures projects credibly mitigate climate change, contribute to the sustainable development of local communities, and conserve biodiversity. Furthermore, the Kariba African Wildlife Corridor Project received approval by the Australian NCOS (National Carbon Offset Standard) and has won several awards, for example was named finalist in the “Land for Life Awards” of the UN Convention on combating desertification, and also in the “Equator price” of UNEP.