Global CO2 emissions have gone up by 75% since the 60s. From 9 million Kt. (Kilotons) to 36 million Kt. Currently rising
The average American’s carbon footprint is 15-20 tonnes per person per year. The average Kenyan’s carbon footprint is 0.2-0.4 tonnes per person per year.
Forest destruction accounts for 10-15% of global GHG emissions, More than all the cars, planes, and trains put together. Nature is 30% of the solution to climate change. Protecting nature means securing our future
THE CHYULU HILLS CARBON PROJECT
What is a REDD+ Carbon Project?
It is protecting a forest from being destroyed!
A REDD+ Carbon Project is making a forest more valuable alive than chopped down.
But how – By increasing the forests economic value by keeping them alive rather than destroyed.
This is done through a stream of revenues paid directly to those communities living near the forest,
only if the forest is protected.
It works in a relatively simple way:
1. The amount of carbon stored in the forest is calculated
2. The value is audited by special agencies
3. And carbon credits are issued
4. Auditors constantly monitor the status of the forest
5. The verified credits can be sold in the volunteer market
for those of us sensitive to climate change and global warming.
The Chyulu Hills sit close to Kenya’s southern border with Tanzania nestled in front of Mount Kilimanjaro,which towers over this iconic African landscape. The hills themselves, like the great mountain, are the result of the violent volcanic history of this region. They gently rise nearly 4000 ft above the surrounding dry plains and savannah, just high enough to capture the clouds and provide conditions for the growth of a lush tropical montane cloud forest along its ridge tops.
The landscape forms a critical “bridge”, linking together two of Kenya’s most important wildlife areas, the greater Tsavo Ecosystem and Amboseli Ecosystem. This area 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.
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Degradation The main drivers of forest destruction are economics and poverty. REDD+ is a mechanism that has been developed through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to provide economic incentives to protect forest rather than destroy it. Payments to REDD+ projects enable individuals, companies and institutions to reduce their net emissions and receive “carbon credits” that offset their carbon footprint.
1 ton of CO2 is equivalent to filling up 2.4 million balloons with CO2!
Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project are the *highest quality credits on the market. To generate carbon credits the project has been through a two-stage auditing process (validation and verification) in compliance with the most widely recognised and rigorous international standards; The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS).