The Kariba REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) project in Northern Zimbabwe is another carbon offset project supported by Macmillan in 2014. The collapse of Zimbabwe’s agricultural production, as well as population growth, has led to significant forest degradation. About 3% of Northern Zimbabwe’s forest cover has been lost per year and wildlife populations have partially collapsed.

The Kariba REDD+ project aims to prevent the destruction of these forests by providing sustainable economic alternatives to the nearby rural communities. This includes the establishment of nutritional gardens, conservation agriculture, promotion of efficient cook stoves, forest fire prevention and management, and enhanced wildlife conservation.

Key Benefits:

  • Forest and Soil Protection – Over 700,000 hectares of environmentally sensitive soil and forest are now protected, reducing soil erosion and keeping carbon in the ground;
  • Sustainable Business – Locals are supported in establishing business such as beekeeping, low-emission brick making, and small scale farming, where the profits benefit the family and community;
  • Education – School buildings are being renovated for the growing youth population;
  • Clean Water – Water wells have been identified for recovery;
  • Feeding the Community – Community supported gardens have been established, providing nutrition to thousands of people;
  • Preservation of endangered and vulnerable species such as the elephant, lion, buffalo and African wild dog.

Watch the South Pole Carbon video to learn more about the Kariba REDD+ project HERE