Kasigau Corridor Community Ranches, Kenya

Through a combination of dryland forest protection and extraordinary community sustainable development activities, this project is estimated to avoid the gross emissions of over 48 million metric tonnes of CO2e which would have been emitted due to slash and burn deforestation over the 30 year project life, or an average of approximately 1,614,959 metric tonnes per year.

The full name of this project is “Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project Phase II – The Community Ranches”, and it builds on Wildlife Works’ first project (Phase I, Rukinga Ranch) which has been protecting forests, flora and fauna since 2006. The aim of this new, larger project is to bring the benefits of direct carbon financing to surrounding communities, while simultaneously addressing alternative livelihoods and protecting vital flora and fauna.

The project encompasses 169,741 hectares in Coast Province, Southeastern Kenya, where human-wildlife conflict has been a problem in the past as local residents are directly reliant on the environment for subsistence. This project directly addresses such sources of conflict in a holistic, sustainable approach, and on a large scale: the carbon reduction projections of over 1 million tonnes a year have earned it a mega-project classification from the Verra registry.

The project area is home to a fantastic diversity of mammals (over 50 species of large mammal, more than 20 species of bats), birds (over 300 species) and important populations of IUCN Red List species such as Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Lion (Panthera leo) as well as over 500 African elephants (Loxidonta africana) seasonally.

The CO2 reductions will be drawn across multiple carbon pools: above- and below-ground forest biomass (forest carbon) and soil carbon, while actively protecting the project area from deforestation and degradation. 

Clean Cookstoves, Nepal

Nepal is a mountainous country challenged by its inherent topography and socioeconomic conditions; nearly one fourth of its population live below the poverty line. Household Air Pollution (HAP) is one of the biggest causes of premature deaths globally. In rural areas, especially remote and poor communities of Nepal, solid biomass fuel burning in the kitchens with inefficient cook stoves has posed a threat to not just health but also the atmosphere. 

The project enables the distribution on a wide scale of efficient clean-burning cookstoves, improving the health outcomes of participating households. The clean-burning cookstoves reduce the use of biomass by as much as 2/3rds. This project is implemented in several districts of Nepal.

NIHT Topaiyo, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is the world’s largest exporter of tropical timber wood. Every year, the region loses approximately 1.4% of its forested land, and with it, critical habitat to some 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Much of the tropical wood exports are, in fact, illegal (The Guardian: Bulk of timber exports from Papua New Guinea won’t pass legal test). The forests of Papua New Guinea are, if allowed to exist, a massive global carbon sink. This makes Papua New Guinea a key area for intervention. The project proponent, NIHT Inc., is in a unique position to make a global stance against unsustainable timber harvesting and become a key conservation leader in the country.

Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, Indonesia

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project, an initiative by InfiniteEARTH, aims to reduce Indonesia’s emissions by preserving some 64,000 hectares of tropical peat swamp forest. This area, rich in biodiversity, includes the endangered Bornean orangutan. The project area was slated by the Provincial government to be converted into four palm oil estates, and is now preserved in perpetuity. Located on the southern coast of Borneo in the province of Central Kalimantan, the project is designed to protect the integrity of the adjacent world-renowned Tanjung Puting National Park by creating a physical buffer zone on the full extent of the ~90km eastern border of the park. This REDD+ project is also certified to the Verra Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard.