Zimbabwe’s first REDD+ project

Zimbabwean farmer REDD+ projectZimbabwean farmer from Matabeleland North Province involved in Kariba REDD+ project  © B Bafana

Zimbabwe has registered its first carbon project along the southern shoreline of Lake Kariba. Owned by four rural communities in north-western Zimbabwe, the Kariba REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project has been implemented with the help of experienced project developers, South Pole Carbon and Carbon Green Africa. REDD+ works by allowing local communities to look after, restore and preserve their forests in exchange for economic incentives, commonly known as carbon cre-dits, paid to them for this stewardship by international companies. More than 300,000 people, comprising mostly smallholder farmers, have begun to benefit from the project, which was initiated in 2011. 

Under the project, wildlife-rich Mopane and Miombo woodlands are being protected from agricultural encroachment, unsustainable firewood consumption and wildfire. Funds will be distributed via Four Rural District Councils (RDCs), to improve community, educational and medical facilities as well as infrastructure, such as bridges. The project has a 30 year time span. 

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