Author: Charles Ndondo

How Local communities’ livelihoods are being transformed in Zimbabwe

Over the past few decades, deforestation due to population growth and unstable forest management has ravaged the once magnificent forests of Zimbabwe. This not only harms the wildlife, but also erodes the soil. When the local communities learnt about an initiative to reduce deforestation and bring around sustainable livelihoods, they decided to act. Since its launch in 2011, the forest conservation project, Kariba REDD+, has contributed to the uplifting of local livelihoods, while also protecting local wildlife and the environment. Located in the northern part of Zimbabwe, this carbon offsetting project is currently the world’s largest community REDD+ project,...

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The Kariba REDD+ Project

Last December, nearly 200 governments signalled the end to the fossil fuel era, agreeing to, for the first time, a universal agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions and to avoid the dangerous impacts of climate change. The inclusive nature of the so-called Paris Agreement is radically different from the Kyoto Protocol, signed in 1997, which drew sharp divisions between the obligations of developing countries and wealthier nations, and that ultimately failed to lower emissions. Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Agreement hinges on political will and on countries putting forth and following up on their own climate action plans....

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The Kariba REDD+ Project

Man-made global warming threatens the basis of life, foremost it is threatening the poorest countries, and increasingly it threatens the standard of living in the industrialized world. Market based mechanisms are a strong and proven tool, beyond energy efficiency and savings, for the fight against climate change. For every ton of avoided greenhouse gas emissions, achieved by reducing deforestation and degradation, the Kariba REDD+ project is receiving carbon credits which can be sold to companies and institutions with a voluntary or compliance carbon reduction strategy. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is a mechanism that has been...

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