The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project protects 500,000 acres of dryland forest in southeastern Kenya that form a corridor between two National Parks, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Prior to project implementation, the forested area was under intense threat from slash and burn agriculture – and thus regional development of alternative livelihoods and community development has been instrumental in the project’s implementation. The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project will avoid the emission of over 54 million tonnes of CO2e over its 30-year life.
The Kasigau REDD+ project now benefits nearly 100,000 rural Kenyans through the distribution of carbon revenue, providing a low-carbon development pathway for the project area’s rural communities. The project employs over 400 local citizens, and has created regional development of education, water access, women’s empowerment, and local business development. The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project has also achieved tremendous results in biodiversity preservation, and is credited with rebounding regional populations of endangered species like the African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, and lion.
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The Kasigau Corridor is home to a fantastic diversity of mammals and birds, including important populations of IUCN Red List species including:
- African elephant
- Grevy's zebra
The majority of the project area (86%) is comprised of Acacia-Commiphora Dryland Forest, where the dominant species are drought specialists, possessing a number of strategies to find and preserve moisture in a semi-arid environment, including dropping or folding all foliage in dry periods to reduce moisture loss from transpiration, when they photosynthesize through their bark to survive.
Kasigau Corridor's market-based conservation solution is sustainable because of job creation, which is paid for by purchase of the project's Verified Emissions Reductions. In total, the project today provides over 400 jobs to the local community and brings the benefits of direct carbon financing to nearly 150,000 people in the surrounding communities.
Project developer Wildlife Works has built many new classrooms for school children, who had previously had no books, no desks and often dilapidated classrooms, if any at all.
Wildlife Works is extending access to fresh water to over 10,000 local citizens this year alone, who previously had to send their children up to 15 miles to retrieve water several times a day. The project implemented a clean water supply for the schools using an innovative rainwater catchment system and manual rower pump to allow the children to retrieve the water for themselves from underground storage tanks.
About the Project Developer
Wildlife Works was founded in 1997 with a simple yet powerful idea. If you want to protect endangered wildlife, you need to balance the needs of wildlife with the need for work for those rural communities who share the same environment. Our mission is to bring market-based solutions to conservation of biodiversity by providing sustainable economic benefits to rural communities so they can aspire to a better life or simply feed their children and put them through school without damaging the environment in which they live.