Protecting Tanzania’s Forests, Culture and Wildlife
Tanzania is a country that boasts expansive forests, free roaming wildlife and ancient cultures that have inhabited their rangelands for thousands of years. However, a rapidly increasing population and changing climate is putting it all at risk.
Carbon Tanzania is a social enterprise that has spent the last 10 years developing a model of conservation that protects Tanzania’s existing forests while benefiting the communities and wildlife that depend on them, as well as contributing to the fight against global climate change.
By protecting trees and preventing the release of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation, and allowing them to capture and store carbon, the indigenous community, who call the forest their home, are able to generate carbon offsets. These offsets are certified by an international third party organisation, guaranteeing that the offsets are real and measurable. They are then sold to organisations and individuals looking to voluntarily offset their carbon emissions in a bid to reduce their contributions to climate change. The sale of these offsets provides an alternative form of revenue to the remote community. The community use this income to educate their children, provide health care, pay salaries to community scouts who protect the forest, support an emergency food fund during times of drought and pay for community development projects.
Collaboration leads to successful conservation. Carbon Tanzania partners with communities, NGOs and world class events such as the Kilimanjaro Marathon. By partnering with the Kilimanjaro Marathon, Carbon Tanzania hope to raise awareness amongst athletes of the need to protect Tanzania’s threatened forests for the benefit of the local communities as well as the wider international community.
If you want to learn more go to www.carbontanzania.com
To donate and offset your carbon footprint go to http://www.carbontanzania.com/buy-carbon-offsets/