Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. “People cut down trees not because people are evil; they do it when the incentives to cut down trees are stronger than the incentives to leave them alone” - Bill Gates, author “How to avoid a climate disaster”

The REDD+ mechanism has been introduced by the United Nations as a climate change mitigation strategy. The goal of a REDD+ project is to prevent deforestation and forest degradation by active forest protection and provide alternative livelihoods for local communities living in and around the forest area.

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Maintained employment for 75 Rangers
5  REDD+ rangers hired
Food rations and water supply for rangers
New uniforms and bedding for rangers
Expanded quarterly ranger management meetings
New ranger training
Smartphone & digital radio communications equipment for rangers

Kenya Wildlife Service

Additional food rations and water supply for rangers
53  Casual workers employed
Aerial tree re-seeding
Purchase of 8,880 assorted seedlings for reforestation
Water quality analysis for wildlife water points 
Borehole and solar pump installation
Local FM radio broadcasts on conservation 
Community outreach programs
Outreach to county and sub-county government leaders 
Expanded community outreach programs
Purchase of pumps for fire fighting 
Expanded travel and project transport
Plant and vehicle maintenance

Kenya Forest Service

12  Community lunches
480  Beehives to promote community honey production
Promotion of beekeeping value chain in Kibwezi East
30  Leaders meetings 
Refurbishment (Fencing) and expansion of Thange Tree Nursery (KFS) Kibwezi
Rehabilitating of degraded wetland and riparian areas
Promotion of tree planting in schools and public institutions
Capacity building in nature-based enterprises development
Support for forest operations & patrols 

Big Life Foundation

Fire management equipment and response training
New water point, community water tanks, troughs, and plumbing
Opinion leaders meeting
15  Community sensitization meetings
4  Forest Scouts employed
5  Water Rangers employed
Utility bill payments to support community water access
New uniforms for rangers 
Vehicle repairs and maintenance
Bursaries for school children

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Heavy equipment, fuel, and maintenance for 22km road/fire break construction
Employment of local community members for road clearing
Helicopter costs for aerial surveying 

Kuku A GR

2  New primary school teachers employed
Maintenance of employment for 14 REDD+ Rangers
1  New Community Health Worker Coordinator employed
1  New ECD (Early Childhood) Teacher employed
1  New Education Deputy Coordinator employed
1  New School Cook employed
1  New Secondary School Teacher employed
2  New Field Reporters employed for Wildlife Pays Program
4  New Cleaners for the dispensary and school employed
4  New Simba Scouts employed
15  New REDD+ Rangers employed
15  New Askari/Borehole Operators employed
Community member and leader outreach meetings
6,425 KUKU A Group Ranch membership cards designed, printed, and distributed
2  Laptops for Group Ranch Office
Uniforms, equipment, and supplies for rangers

Kuku B GR

2  New primary school teachers employed
3  New REDD+ rangers employed
Food rations, water supplies for REDD+ Rangers
Maintenance of employment for 14 REDD+ Rangers
Community and Group Ranch Leader outreach meetings
New Elephant-proof fencing at Samai School
New Latrines for schools
New Staff Quarters for Marlal Primary School
Support provided to women’s and youth groups
Renovation of borehole and water supply for local community group
Moilo Primary School renovation

Mbirikani GR

Maintenance of Dispensary Security Guard employment
Maintenance of  Nurse Assistant employment
Maintenance of Borehole Attendants employment
4  New Forest Scouts employed
Community engagement, support, and outreach meetings
Office equipment and supplies for new Group Ranch Office
School fees support for 329 students
Boundary survey
3 New Cattle Crushes

Rombo GR

New Primary school teacher employed
3  New REDD+ rangers employed
Uniforms, supplies, and smartphone for rangers
New Construction and operating expenses for Rombo Group Ranch Office
Bursary program for school children
150 beehives to support alternative livelihoods women’s groups
Boundary marker installation
Support funds for vulnerable groups
New school supplies
Community member and leader outreach meetings
School infrastructure
Sustainable Menstrual Products for 600 girls

Eastern Chyulu Community

Selection and award of 151 bursaries for school children
Replacement of 10 community water tanks damaged by wildlife
Research bush-meat and human-wildlife conflict
Multiple community outreach programs
Beehives and equipment (suits, gloves, boots, smokers, hive tools) for community members
Beekeeping training for community members
6  Water tank and catchment systems for schools

Emergency Allocation

New vehicle and running costs to support new KWS ranger station
Rations, water tank, radios, and supplies for new ranger station
Fire fighting helicopter hire
Air Tractor
Feeding Program for 58 Schools and 23,000+ Students




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.


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