This webinar was broadcast live from the Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project in Kenya.
The project protects over 200,000 hectares of dryland forest, an important ecosystem with rich biodiversity. Located between the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, the region serves as a vital corridor for more than 300 species of wildlife, including 2,000 wild elephants.
The project supports social programmes that impact around 120,000 local people and provides local communities with long-term jobs that replace unsustainable and destructive sources of income such as poaching, subsistence agriculture and illegal tree harvesting.
The project was started in 1998 by Wildlife Works, an organisation initially focused on solving human-wildlife conflict that has evolved to become a leading REDD+ programme development and management company. The project uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ carbon offsets to provide funds that enables the ongoing work to protect threatened forests and wildlife whilst supporting sustainable development for the local community. In other words, a market-driven solution to stop deforestation, protect wildlife and improve local livelihoods.
In 2011, the project was successfully validated and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard. It was then the world's first REDD+ project to receive issuance of carbon credits and also the first Verified Carbon Standard REDD+ mega-project, in that it will result in the avoidance of over 1.5m tonnes of emissions per year for 30 years
Joining live from the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project, our panel included:
• Lenjo Mwandoe, community relations manager
• George Thumbi, agribusiness and forestry manager
• Seraphine Charo, carbon committee representative
• Mercy Ngaruiya, founder of an environmental women’s group
• Eric Sagwe, head ranger
Host and moderator: Ian Welsh
This series is supported by Everland.