The Kariba project protects 800,000 hectares of forest area along the shores of the Kariba Lake, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has been heavingly damaged by civil war, economic collapse, huge population growth and political turmoil. Over the last 20 years, this has resulted in more than one-third of Zimbabwe’s forests being cut down.
The Kariba project protects a forest area along the shores of the Kariba Lake. Nearly 800,000 hectares of forest are protected, forming a huge biodiversity corridor between Chizarira, Matusadona and Mana Pools National Park (a World Heritage Site) and Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.
The area is larger than all the forest areas in Denmark – combined! The project ensures that additional forest is not cut down and prevents forest fires by building “fire protection”.
A large area of rainforest is protected together with several endangered animals, including the black rhino, the African elephant, the cheetah, the lion, the lion, the eagle and several others. These animals are protected indirectly because their habitat is not transformed into agriculture and directly through the Park Rangers who fight poachers.
In addition to protecting the forest and animals, the project also has some social benefits. 40% of the participants in the project are women, and the project builds new roads and wells in the local areas, improving the conditions in local hospitals and grants school education for the poorest 25%. Together with the locals, they also teach better farming practices, community gardens, bee farming, forest fire prevention and “eco-tourism”.
As the first forest protection project, it received recognition from NCOS (National Carbon Offset Standard), and is the only one approved for purchase by companies in Australia. It is both verified by VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) and CCBA (Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance) at the “Gold level” (highest level). This means that the project is continuously monitored to ensure that the forest is protected and preserved, and that everything is as it should be. The project was developed by South Pole Carbon, who has won the “Best Project Developer” award at Environmental Finance 7 out of 9 times and won the title again this year, along with numerous other awards.
Navigating the market for carbon credits can also be a challenge due to expensive resellers and non-certified projects.
Our job at Climaider is to select the best projects that are verified by the most strict industry standards (e.g. Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard) and our own internal criteria.
By gathering our member’s money, we are able to buy big bulks of credits directly from the projects, cutting out expensive middlemen. This also enables us to follow the money from you, as a member, to the projects, ensuring that your membership is removing as much carbon as we promise.
In addition to offsetting, you also plant 15 trees for every ton of carbon you offset. The trees are planted in our forest on Madagascar through our partnership with Eden Reforestation Project
The locals in Ankilahila are hired to plant mangrove trees, which are a type of tree that absorbs 4-5 times as much CO2 as normal trees. The project restores the forest, but is also helping people out of extreme poverty.
As a member, you offset your emissions by buying carbon credits from our current climate project. One carbon credit equals the removal of 1 ton of carbon.
This means that if you buy one carbon credit, you remove or avoid one ton of carbon from entering the atmosphere.