Kariba forest protection, Zimbabwe
Saving forests, protecting wildlife and changing lives
Launched in 2011, this ambitious African project has prevented the emission of more than 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, by preventing deforestation and land degradation on nearly 785,000 hectares. Livestock and community gardens are also helping to improve the livelihoods of local communities. As one of 70 projects to be verified under the Additional Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, Kariba supports local people by providing access to health, education and training programs. Special attention is given to the situation of women. 50,000 women have had their livelihoods improved, 53,000 have benefited from access to better health services and 13,000 women have entered our education program. Efforts will continue in the coming years to enable more women to join the initiative.