Zimbabwe: Kariba - Forest Protection

The project aims to reduce deforestation by creating alternatives to the livelihoods of local inhabitants.

This project protects around 750,000 hectares of forests and biodiversity, comprising four national parks and eight safari reserves, places where there are vulnerable and threatened species such as the African elephant, lion or hippopotamus.

At the same time, it promotes the well-being of communities, specifically the poorest members, by providing training courses on conservation of agricultural crops, creation of community gardens, allocation of school subsidies, improvements in health infrastructure and road access, and development ecotourism, which is reflected in job creation and sustainability in the region.

It is estimated that this project avoids the emission of 196,5M tCO2e associated with the reduction of deforestation of 747,801 hectares over 30 years. It is externally verified with REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), VCS and CCB certifications.

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