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Carbon Tanzania is Tanzania’s first and only company dedicated to sourcing and developing carbon offsets from community-owned natural forests.
By working with local communities to protect forests on their communal lands, measure carbon stocks and develop methodologies for accounting for carbon offsets generated from forest conservation measures, Carbon Tanzania is seeking to create a powerful new form of local forest conservation incentive in Tanzania.
Carbon Tanzania’s “Yaeda Valley REDD Project,” which will generate approximately 18,012 tons of carbon offsets annually, was validated by the Plan Vivo Standard and placed on its official registry in 2013. These Standards certify that the project promotes sustainable development, improves rural livelihoods, and enhances ecosystem conservation. Carbon Tanzania’s Yaeda Valley REDD project is particularly unique as it is partnering with the Hadzabe hunter-gatherer community, reinforcing and supporting their land rights, which continue to face substantial threats from other groups wanting to encroach upon their land.
Through supporting the development of their business plan, strengthening their communications, and facilitating development of partnerships and collaborations, Maliasili Initiatives is supporting Carbon Tanzania to transition from a successful start-up into a pivotal company that plays an important role in facilitating forest conservation that benefits local communities. In 2014, Maliasili Initiatives helped them to refine their business model and plan, which included focusing on messaging and presentation and establishing a technical advisory council to provide them with additional guidance and expertise.
Carbon Tanzania’s Yaeda Valley REDD Project is validated by Plan Vivo Standards, which certifies that the project promotes sustainable development, improves rural livelihoods, and enhances ecosystem conservation. Specifically, this project will generate approximately 18,012 tonnes of carbon offsets annually, earn the Hadzabe community at least $40,000 per year, and help conserve an ecosystem that supports several rare and threatened species.