Comparing the value of a tree pre & post the implementation of a REDD project
Over the last 5 years the outlook for a tree in the Yaeda Valley has changed dramatically. In 2009 one tree had a greater monetary value cut down than it did when it was standing. Our REDD+ project (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) was implemented in 2010 after the Hadza gained legal title over their ancestral land and were looking for ways to protect it. The project has increased the value of standing forest in the area, meaning trees are worth more alive than cut down – our infographic below explains how.
The Fate of a Tree Pre REDD+
The Hadza were losing their ancestral land to outsiders looking to convert healthy forests to farmland. Using slash and burn techniques farmers were razing trees to the ground and as their farming practices were unsustainable they quickly moved on to destroy more forest once the land stopped producing a good crop yield.
Trees in the Yaeda valley were being cut down to make temporary bomas to protect the livestock of encroaching neighbours.
The disappearance of trees has enormous consequences for both the local and global environment. The removal of trees is the first step to destroying an entire ecosystem as wildlife moves on and the indigenous Hadza community are left with a barren landscape that can’t support their sustainable hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The Hadza are left without land, without food, water, shelter, history and identity.
The consequences for the global environment are just as far reaching. When a tree is cut down or burnt it releases stored carbon into the atmosphere. This release of carbon accelerates climate change with the effects being felt around the world in the form of heatwaves, increased flooding, extended droughts and more frequent super storms.
The fate of a tree POST REDD
The trees of the Yaeda Valley provide habitat for a thriving bird population including two endemic species; the Ashy Starling and Grey-breasted Spurfowl, as well as the endangered wild dog,s and cheetahs, and a variety of other large mammals. Today the Hadza are able to maintain their traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle supported by trees that provide honey, berries, habitats for wildlife and protect water sources.
One tree kept standing generates carbon offsets which are sold on the international carbon market with the revenue flowing back to the Hadza community. This revenue provides health care, education, employment and resource ownership to a community of over 1200 people.
Acacia trees in the Yaeda Valley also have benefits for the global community as they absorb and store carbon, helping to regulate the climate globally and slowing the rate of climate change.
If you would like to help keep one tree in the Yaeda Valley standing contact us about our gift certificates. One certificate represents 1 tree in the Yaeda Valley, each with a unique GPS waypoint to show the location of the tree you have kept standing.