KASIGAU WILDLIFE CORRIDOR PROJECT — Kenya
Stand For Trees Project Impacts
Nestled between Kenya’s Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, the Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project protects 500,000 acres of dryland forest and supports local communities of over 100,000 in job creation and sustainable development activities.
When you offset your CO2 emissions by supporting the Kasigau Corridor Project, you simultaneously protect a vital wildlife migration corridor for endangered populations of African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, lion and African wild dog, as well as more than 50 species of large mammals and over 300 species of birds.
Without support for the project, local communities have little option to provide for their families other than slash-and-burn agriculture. Your Stand For Trees purchase is critical to valuing this forest for the vital services it provides, and to creating new, sustainable livelihoods for the people protecting it.
• This is the first REDD+ project in the world to issue Verified Emission Reductions verified to the VCS standard.
• Creates regional development of education, water access, women’s empowerment, agricultural intensification, and local business and job opportunities.
• Protects habitat for the African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, lion and African wild dog.
The Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project protects habitat for a diversity of mammals and birds, including endangered African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, lion and African wild dog.
The project has created over 400 local jobs and brings the benefits of carbon finance to nearly 100,000 people in the surrounding communities — including over 4,500 local landowners — through investments in job creation, education, infrastructure, water access, and sustainable agriculture.
The Kasigau Project has provided over 2,300 school scholarships for children of the community to attend high school and college, in addition to building and renovating over 30 classrooms for local schoolchildren, including providing school supplies and furniture. The project has also brought the first pre-kindergarten classes to the region and increased school attendance by increasing access to clean water, giving children the time to focus on school rather than traveling many miles per day to retrieve water.
The project has extended fresh water access to over 10,000 community members this year alone, who previously had to send women and children up to 15 kilometers each day to retrieve water. The project has also implemented clean water supply to schools using innovative rainwater catchment systems and manual rower pumps.
Emission Reductions & Certifications
The Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project will avoid the emission of over 54 million tonnes of CO2 over its 30-year life. The first REDD+ project in the world to be validated and verified to both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards Second Edition, the project is delivering tangible benefits at both the local and global scales. It has achieved CCB Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Gold Levels.