ABOUT US

Carbon Tanzania is a social enterprise. Our innovative approach to habitat conservation is based on selling carbon offsets that result from keeping carbon locked up in forest ecosystems. These forests are owned by indigenous communities who earn an income from the sale of these offsets, funds that are used for community development needs.

Core Team

We have constructed a team of experts to answer your questions on forest conservation, the communities we work with and climate change.

Marc Baker - Founder
Marc Baker - FounderDirector of All Operations
As a Founder of Carbon Tanzania, my connection with our project sites is critical to me. I direct Project Operations, often in the field as well as from our Arusha base, and lead the search for potential new areas where our approach can deliver the best results.
Find out more about Marc
Jo Anderson - Founder
Jo Anderson - FounderDirector of Finance & Sales
My focus at Carbon Tanzania is to ensure financial sustainability by overseeing our finance and sales strategies and operations. I also keep busy communicating what we do and developing new customer relationships.
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Sarah Borman
Sarah BormanBusiness Development Manager
My role at Carbon Tanzania is to guide you through the offsetting journey. I am also on hand to answer questions relating to the innovative approach and numerous benefits of our business and conservation projects.
Find out more about Sarah
Issac Bryceson
Issac BrycesonThe Yaeda Valley Project Manager
I live in the Yaeda Valley. My role at Carbon Tanzania is to coordinate the patrols undertaken by the community scouts, collect and collate monitoring forms and advise on needs and improvements of project operations.
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Field Teams

Field Patrol teams
Field Patrol teams
Our field teams are at the forefront of project activities. Made up of, and chosen by, community members, these teams ensure that forest habitat is protected, reporting illegal activities, locating and stopping land-incursions and generally enforcing the communally agreed land use plans of their village communities.
Village Governments and Committiees
Village Governments and Committiees
In some of our projects the village government, or an approved sub-committe takes responsibility for overseeing the project activities. We work closely with the leaders and village representatives to provide support and guidance where needed.

Our Story

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pic1Two contrasting backgrounds, one destiny – it sounds rather cheesy, but succinctly describes how Marc and Jo ended up working together in Tanzania, eventually creating Carbon Tanzania as a response to a void in the conservation landscape that they had identified through years of working, travelling and living in this biologically and culturally diverse and fascinating East African country.
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Two contrasting backgrounds, one destiny – it sounds rather cheesy, but succinctly describes how Marc and Jo ended up working together in Tanzania, eventually creating Carbon Tanzania as a response to a void in the conservation landscape that they had identified through years of working, travelling and living in this biologically and culturally diverse and fascinating East African country.

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pic2While Marc grew up in Tanzania, absorbing a love of birds and a passion for the wild African bush with his parents, first in Libya and subsequently in Tanzania, Jo enjoyed a rather more conventional upbringing in rural Kent. While Marc returned to the UK to serve in the British Army, Jo, inspired by wildlife documentaries and romantic notions of Africa, went in the opposite direction and travelled between Kenya and Zimbabwe during his gap year and, as the expression goes, the sands of Africa got firmly stuck between his toes.
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While Marc grew up in Tanzania, absorbing a love of birds and a passion for the wild African bush with his parents, first in Libya and subsequently in Tanzania, Jo enjoyed a rather more conventional upbringing in rural Kent. While Marc returned to the UK to serve in the British Army, Jo, inspired by wildlife documentaries and romantic notions of Africa, went in the opposite direction and travelled between Kenya and Zimbabwe during his gap year and, as the expression goes, the sands of Africa got firmly stuck between his toes.

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pic3Fast forward a few years to 1998 and post-University Jo has made his way back to Africa. As much to his surprise as to everyone else’s, he is working as a Mountain Climbing and Walking Safari guide with an adventure tourism operator, leading climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro and hiking in the Ngorongoro Highlands. Meanwhile Marc has followed his own path back to Tanzania to work on forest conservation projects throughout East Africa for the United Nations Development Programme, focusing on birds as indicators of forest health.
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Fast forward a few years to 1998 and post-University Jo has made his way back to Africa. As much to his surprise as to everyone else’s, he is working as a Mountain Climbing and Walking Safari guide with an adventure tourism operator, leading climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro and hiking in the Ngorongoro Highlands. Meanwhile Marc has followed his own path back to Tanzania to work on forest conservation projects throughout East Africa for the United Nations Development Programme, focusing on birds as indicators of forest health.

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pic4There is no better way to learn about wildlife and natural ecosystems than being around wildlife and in natural ecosystems, and Jo and Marc’s work in these early years allowed them to separately gain enormous experience of the many diverse, extraordinary and sometimes unknown wild areas of East Africa. Living in Arusha brought them together and allowed them to spend time exploring ever more areas of the country, often conducting formal ecological or socio-economic surveys for government or international agencies. Here they are in 2000 on the Ruvuma River during a bird survey, and in the volcanic crater of Ol Donyo Lengai in the Rift Valley.
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There is no better way to learn about wildlife and natural ecosystems than being around wildlife and in natural ecosystems, and Jo and Marc’s work in these early years allowed them to separately gain enormous experience of the many diverse, extraordinary and sometimes unknown wild areas of East Africa. Living in Arusha brought them together and allowed them to spend time exploring ever more areas of the country, often conducting formal ecological or socio-economic surveys for government or international agencies. Here they are in 2000 on the Ruvuma River during a bird survey, and in the volcanic crater of Ol Donyo Lengai in the Rift Valley.

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pic5With all this experience of the bush and growing knowledge of the challenges to wildlife conservation across the region, but needing to support new families, Jo and Marc wanted to work in tourism where communities were involved and in wildlife areas outside of the main protected parks. They had already become aware of the potential for these iconic “big name” areas such as the Serengeti or the Selous to become isolated from surrounding wildlife habitat, rendering them less “healthy” in an ecosystem sense. Between 2000 and 2002 they were both welcomed by guiding pioneer Paul Oliver to work at his unique Oliver’s Camp in the Tarangire landscape. As guides at one of the last classic owner-operated bush camps they enjoyed leading walking safaris in and around Tarangire National Park.
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With all this experience of the bush and growing knowledge of the challenges to wildlife conservation across the region, but needing to support new families, Jo and Marc wanted to work in tourism where communities were involved and in wildlife areas outside of the main protected parks. They had already become aware of the potential for these iconic “big name” areas such as the Serengeti or the Selous to become isolated from surrounding wildlife habitat, rendering them less “healthy” in an ecosystem sense. Between 2000 and 2002 they were both welcomed by guiding pioneer Paul Oliver to work at his unique Oliver’s Camp in the Tarangire landscape. As guides at one of the last classic owner-operated bush camps they enjoyed leading walking safaris in and around Tarangire National Park.

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pic6While tourism is a key element of the conservation landscape in Tanzania, highlighting the unique value of important wildlife habitat, there are large areas of habitat across the country that are not blessed with the income of tourist dollars. This means that there is less incentive for either local communities or central government to prioritise their wise and sustainable management. During Marc and Jo’s many assignments across Tanzania, visiting remote community forests away from tourist areas, they came to realize that to add conservation value to these habitats would require an approach combining the business sense of the eco-tourism industry and the community focus of land-use panning and well-planned forest management.
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While tourism is a key element of the conservation landscape in Tanzania, highlighting the unique value of important wildlife habitat, there are large areas of habitat across the country that are not blessed with the income of tourist dollars. This means that there is less incentive for either local communities or central government to prioritise their wise and sustainable management. During Marc and Jo’s many assignments across Tanzania, visiting remote community forests away from tourist areas, they came to realize that to add conservation value to these habitats would require an approach combining the business sense of the eco-tourism industry and the community focus of land-use panning and well-planned forest management.

Who

Who we are

Carbon Tanzania is a unique social enterprise founded by true conservationists with long histories in Tanzania , Marc Baker and Jo Anderson. We have pioneered an innovative and successful approach to the conservation of community owned forests that has already been shown to be effective. It also promises the potential for growth and positive impacts across Tanzania. Having lived and worked in Tanzania for more than 20 years, we have both gained a broad experience of the many approaches to conservation here, with their various strengths and weaknesses. We realised early on that most communities lack the incentives to adequately and sustainably manage their forest resources, and resolved to fill this gap in the conservation landscape: Carbon Tanzania is our answer.

Why

Why we do it

We are confident that our socially conscious business approach is the absolute best way to guarantee the good management of natural resources in a developing country such as Tanzania. It is a fact that while resources have been spent by donor countries and organizations on short-term conservation programmes, often with a community focus, we have seen very little progress in reducing deforestation. Forests are a critical resource to both local communities and the global ecosystem, no more so than in Tanzania where an estimated 80% of the population derive some part of their livelihood from forests.

How

How we do it

We have built a social enterprise focused on the rights and needs of local people whose livelihoods depend on forests. We have aligned the financial and practical incentives of people who until now have not been able to rely on basic goods and services being available to them – education for their children, basic medical care and year round food security. Unlike more traditional approaches to “development”, we offer a way for companies and individuals to contribute positively to social change, to the conservation of biodiversity and natural habitats, and to quantifiable and genuinely sustainable development.

Offer

What we offer

We offer individuals, organisations and businesses a way to contribute to forest conservation, to rural development and to the global efforts to reduce the detrimental effects of extreme climate change. By balancing your carbon emissions with us you will be contributing to an internationally certified range of activities that are carefully planned and monitored, and that result in community-led sustainable development. As a client of Carbon Tanzania you will benefit from enhanced market and brand competitiveness, greater employee satisfaction and the potential to meet emerging consumer demand, plus you will be contributing to the conservation of a resource on which all of us depend.

Our Partners

At its core, Carbon Tanzania is a network organisation, relying on its inherent qualities of innovation, dynamism and flexibility in order to form strategic partnerships in the fight against global climate change. It is in cultivating this network of conservation partners that common threads can be seen – a mutual understanding of the significance of forest community land rights, the development and promotion of good governance, and respect for community development priorities. And it is in these commonalities that Carbon Tanzania is able to work with its partners towards its ultimate goal – climate change mitigation.

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The Nature Conservancy is a leading global conservation organisation working to protect ecologically important lands and waters for the benefit of both nature and people alike. One of the ways in which The Nature Conservancy is striving to safeguard forest communities is through its Africa Region programme, a project based on securing the balance between human and ecological needs. Working with Carbon Tanzania in the development of forest conservation projects, The Nature Conservancy provides integral technical support in the form of aerial imagery of the project site, and detailed satellite generated mapping to enable calculation of the rate of deforestation in the project area – thereby playing a significant role in the process of climate change mitigation.

mali

Maliasili Initiatives is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the growth, development and performance of leading civil society organisations and social enterprises working to advance sustainable natural resource management practices in Africa. Through long-term and adaptive organisational development services, targeted bridge financing and technical expertise, Maliasili Initiatives is helping Carbon Tanzania to achieve its full potential, supporting our communications strategy and offering advice on engaging with local and international government policy in order to maximise our impact on climate change mitigation.

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The Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) works to empower marginalised people in the rangelands of northern Tanzania, collaborating with Carbon Tanzania to secure the rights for local communities to their natural resources and land – thereby helping to improve their livelihoods and their ability to conserve their environment. It is important that, together with these forest communities, we are able to guarantee that national policy and legal processes underpin their rights and development needs. We therefore work with UCRT in the field alongside forest communities to jointly encourage them to take ownership of their own development; aiming to ensure that realising carbon offset benefits from good environmental management becomes a routine community experience for future generations.

A consultancy partnership of environmental and wildlife professionals, Ecological Initiatives provides technical services to Carbon Tanzania, such as carbon assessments and detailed audits, field logistics, field equipment for surveys and ecological assessment, training inputs and strategic planning support. Employing a potent mix of extensive field experience, academic qualifications and practical and technical skills, the company aims to provide innovative services in the diverse fields of wildlife and forest conservation, environmental management, biodiversity surveys and climate change mitigation.
The founders of Carbon Tanzania, Marc Baker and Jo Anderson, are also the directors of Ecological Initiatives and their history of conservation in Tanzania over the past 20 years provides the backdrop to Carbon Tanzania itself. Nurtured, incubated and finally brought to life through the guidance of its doting parent company, Ecological Initiatives, Carbon Tanzania exists as another force in the ongoing fight against global climate change

Ntri

NTRI is a caucus of seven organisations focussed on promoting rangeland management that favours both people and wildlife, with the goal of combining pastoralist, hunter-gatherer, forest conservation and tourism interests. Their priority is to legally secure land for forest communities, find effective ways to manage that land and create opportunities and incentives that generate revenue – such as the purchase of carbon offsets. Carbon Tanzania benefits from its participation in NTRI by gaining access to a broader network of partners in the same and related sectors, providing wider access to key stakeholder groups and funding sources. Along with diverse technical, organisational and managerial skills, NTRI’s partnership ensures smooth coordination with both partners and the forest communities with whom we work.

HRSV is a social impact investment fund that seeks to capitalize small to medium commercial enterprises that work to improve the quality of life of poor and low-income people in East Africa.
HRSV has invested in Carbon Tanzania by providing a long-term, favourable loan facility. This has allowed Carbon Tanzania to expand its project operations, thereby opening a new project site and incorporating more important community forest habitat into our operations.
It has also provided capital for Carbon Tanzania to develop and greatly expand its communications, marketing and sales platforms through which we sell our internationally certified forest carbon offsets. This is the critical part of our financial, social and environmental sustainability, and will allow us to achieve long-term success.

Our Values

Our Values

COMMITTED

We are committed to a globally vital service – keeping trees in the ground for the benefit of local and global communities.

SCIENTIFIC

Trees plant trees, when we protect ecosystems we allow trees to sustain themselves and give life.

GLOBAL

We link Tanzania’s threatened forests and their communities with the international carbon market.

RELATIONAL

We work closely with community members to promote and support sustainable rural development. We are a network organisation drawing on a wide range of partners to achieve our goals.

INNOVATIVE

We understand that when forest communities genuinely own their natural resources, and the rights to manage these resources, they will act to protect and preserve them.

We are the only Tanzanian private sector project developer

Carbon Tanzania is the only private sector, forest carbon project developer in Tanzania to successfully implement a REDD+ project and sell the resulting carbon offsets.

Dedicated forest conservationists
Carbon Tanzania was founded by two dedicated forest conservationists with over 40 years’ combined experience in the field.
Land ownership for forest communities

Our fundamental approach is to secure legal ownership of land and user-rights for forest communities.

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