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Supporting Indigenous Communities In The Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve
On the edge of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, three indigenous communities – Palma Real, Sonene, Infierno – and over 30 high conservation value species live in 591,851 hectares of landscape threatened by illegal mining, logging, ‘slash and burn’ agriculture, and infrastructure development.
This project addresses the local, economic drivers of eforestation and forest degradation by supporting the development of socially inclusive farming, land-use capacity building, and improved forest protection and surveillance of natural resources. Through conservation, protecting the rainforest ecosystem, and scaling up sustainable community forest management, the project significantly reduces global emissions.
- Avoiding around 457,000 tonnes of CO2 yearly on average
- Protecting over 30 high conservation value species, including giant river otters, spider monkeys, and jaguars
- Conserving and protecting more than 541,000 hectares of threatened landscape
- Restoring 4,000 hectares of degraded land to be cultivated
- Improving the livelihood of families, including 288 farmers
- Improving community forest management and local enterprises that protect the forest rather than degrade it
Why this Project?
In 2015, Tambopata-Bahuaja won the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award for innovation and excellence in tackling climate change. The project does not only conserve and protect the landscape but also address the biggest drivers of deforestation, using a community approach and improving livelihoods. By demonstrating a scalable model of environmentally and socially sustainable land use, the project creates a productive barrier against threats to the region’s natural and human capital.
How It Works
- Supporting small-scale farmers to restore degraded land and cultivate sustainable high-quality cacao-farming
- Improve agroforestry, traditional agricultural techniques, and areas in association with temporary and permanent crops
- Monitor and record-high conservation value species, health, and numbers in the forest
- Improve forest protection measures and surveillance of natural resources
- Employing rangers and constructing ranger stations
- Support biological and conservation research and knowledge
Protecting Endangered Wildlife in Kenya With Chyulu Hills REDD+
The Chyulu Hills, close to Kenya’s southern border with Tanzania in front of Mount Kilimanjaro, is home to Kenya’s largest surviving population of elephants and one of its foremost large-scale wildlife and wilderness areas.
The Chyulu Hills REDD+ project aims to protect the Chyulu Hills landscape, its forests, woodlands, savannahs, wetlands and springs, and its wild populations of Africa’s best-known animals – lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, rhinos, elephants, and various antelopes.
This is being achieved largely by enhancing and strengthening landscape protection, improving livestock management practices, employing forest rangers, bolstering employee motivation, creating alternative income, jobs, and employment opportunities, and supporting stricter environmental law enforcement.
- Preserving 1,000,000 acres of land
- Conserving 3 national parks and a vital dispersal area for Amboseli National Park
- Preserving a critical watershed, feeding water to Mombasa
- Protecting iconic and endangered wildlife
- Helping 70,000 Maasai people through conservation, capacity building, employment, and schools and educational support
Why This Project?
This project is 100% owned and managed by local institutions that either own the land or manage conservation and community programs on behalf of the land-owners. The nine owners include 4 indigenous Maasai community groups, Kenya’s national parks authority (Kenya Wildlife Service), its
national forest service (Kenya Forest Service), and three leading Kenyan conservation NGOs, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Big Life Foundation, and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Moreover, a share of project proceeds goes to bursaries for school children, provision of water tanks, training of women’s groups in bee-keeping, and provision of hives and equipment.
How It Works
- Patrols in conservancies
- REDD+ rangers to patrol forests and making arrests for habitat destruction
- Mitigating human-wildlife conflicts and conducting wildlife-related arrests
- Preventing lion retaliatory hunts
- Supporting schools and awards scholarships
- Paying teacher’s salaries
- Supporting women’s groups
Saving Tropical Forests With Southern Cardamoms REDD+
The tropical forests are amongst the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems and support some of the most threatened and charismatic species on earth. The Southern Cardamoms are a critically invaluable biodiversity hotspot and host 55 threatened wildlife species and 29 forest communities.The Southern Cardamom REDD+ project protects 497,000 hectares of tropical rainforest in South-West Cambodia which are globally significant for wildlife conservation, ecosystem servicing, and community livelihoods. The project uses global best practices of forest protection and community development to safeguard the forest.
- Preventing more than 3,000,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually to go into the atmosphere
- Protecting 497,000 hectares of tropical rainforest and wildlife with enhanced security and law enforcement
- Community-based Eco Tourism Development generating income for community members
- Training 200 families on agricultural methods and intensification
- Creating full-time employment for around 150 people
Why This Project?
Tropical deforestation is one of the major drivers of carbon emissions and global climate change. Halting this deforestation could potentially contribute to over one-third of the total emissions reductions needed by 2030. The Southeast Asian rainforest and its wildlife are among the fastest-disappearing in the world, and the protection of this region is critical. Hence, this project is countering the biggest current driver of deforestation — forest clearing for land grabbing and land speculation.
How It Works
The primary project activity is to stop deforestation and forest degradation. This includes these activities:
- Participatory land-use planning
- Training on agricultural methods and intensification
- Enhanced security and law enforcement
- Community-based eco-tourism development
- Micro-finance and a community scholarship fund
- Strengthening community organizations
- Sensitization and awareness-raising
- Direct employment and training on income-generating activities