Carbon Green Africa (CGA) is a Zimbabwean company created to set up, verify and validate REDD+ projects so as to generate Carbon Credits for purposes of offsetting carbon footprints by every player across the globe thereby mitigating the effects of Climate Change.
CGA has a local team and network of partners which has created core competencies which has enabled successful conservation projects governed by the rules of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Community, Climate and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) at Gold Level while at the same enabling the project to be financially viable for all parties involved.
This is a new working model in the Carbon Management Arena. CGA has established very good association with a variety of entities at both local and international level to ensure the model works and satisfies the International Regulations and Guidelines under the auspices of REDD+ Projects.
Head Office Staff
Partner – Projects Development
Partner – Field Operations
Partner – Forestry analyst
Climate Change and global warming is a world pandemic which is affecting every nation across the globe. Part of this climate change is due to serious loss of forest cover on planet earth.
Zimbabwe has not been spared from this forest loss due to deforestation and land degradation which is an issue of major concern. The Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe carried out a survey and released a figure of 330,000 Hectares as an average forest lost annually in Zimbabwe. This is mainly due to human activity which range from land clearance for agricultural purposes, wood for fuel energy use and a number of other unsustainable forest land use practises.
Across the landscape of Zimbabwe and in particular in the Kariba REDD+ project, covering 785,000 ha, (Binga, Nyaminyami, Hurungwe and Mbire Districts), deforestation is caused mainly by shifting agriculture as well as for fuel energy.
A typical example on fuel energy use in the Kariba REDD+ project area is Chitsungo Mission Hospital in Mbire District. The referral hospital catering for 13 statelite clinics in the district used to consume over 3 tons of firewood every week for their energy use. The Kariba REDD+ Project intervened by constructing a 20cubic biogas digester to avert this disaster. This came as a great relief for the institution on energy provision and at the same time saving forest loss due to energy needs.
An example on agricultural practices which lead to forest loss is Shifting Agriculture. With this practice , farmers would till the land and when it is no longer fertile and productive enough, they abandon it and clear new fertile virgin land.
The Kariba REDD+ project introduced Climate Smart Agriculture (CF – Conservation farming) to avoid shifting agricultural practices. CF enables farmers to productively utilise small pieces of land but still realise good yields in comparison to conventional methods of farming. Farmers are taught sustainable farming methods which do not require clearing large tracts of land or shifting each time a farmer thinks land is no longer fertile and productive enough. This has led to the avoidance of massive deforestation and land degradation.
The Kariba REDD+ project’s main objective is to mitigate this deforestation and land degradation catastrophe. A baseline survey on deforestation and land degradation was carried out. This resulted in various project activities being implemented to reduce and mitigate the deforestation activities thereby resulting in emissions reductions. These emission reductions are quantified and sold as carbon credits. The proceeds are invested back into the project area to sustain various projects which help mitigate climate change effects.
It is pleasing to note that Carbon Green Africa and its associate partners; South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd (South Pole), have implemented a first of its kind project model that works in Zimbabwe and achieves our aims of both successful conservation projects and strong financial returns for all stakeholders while at the same time contributing to the maintenance of the environment and community enrichment. Using the globally accepted VCS carbon quantification standard, the Kariba REDD+ project is certified under the CCBS (Community, Climate and Biodiversity Standard) at Gold Level. This Gold Level places a particular emphasis on community participation and the benefits they receive as well as the biodiversity conservation rewards. It is critical to note that without the involvement, acceptance and adoption by the communities, the project success will be limited, as such our communities are the critical stockholder to this project.
Districts Area Managers
Binga Area Manager
Nyaminyami Area Manager
Hurungwe area manager
Mbire Area Manager