The Kariba REDD+ project is working to protect a vast area of forest along the southern shore of Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. The project area spans four provinces and covers 785,000 hectares of forest.
The community-based project works by implementing a series of activities in conjunction with the local population. A reduction in deforestation is achieved through activities that significantly improve the livelihoods of the local population, such as conservation agriculture, honey production and fire management.
20% of the net profit of the carbon income will be invested in activities designed to benefit the poorest members of society and improve health and education in the project area communities.
In the absence of this project forest would continue to be cleared. Carbon revenues provide the income needed to cover the cost of the activities. Once the initial investments have been made it will be in the interests of local people to continue the project activities far beyond the lifetime of the project.
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