With renowned parks like the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro under its stewardship – TANAPA is one of Africa’s leading conservation organisations and is now one of our valued partners.
As of November 2023, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and Carbon Tanzania (CT) signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at implementing a transformative carbon project across six national parks.
The designated national parks; Burigi-Chato, Katavi Plains, Ugalla River, Mkomazi, Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains; encompass a total area of 1.8 million hectares, making it the largest land-based carbon initiative in East Africa. The carbon project will focus on the protection, conservation, and enhanced management of these national park areas, safeguarding their natural ecosystems and vital wildlife resources.
The project will start with a feasibility study, where TANAPA and Carbon Tanzania aim to determine the potential number of carbon credits that can be generated from each area and devise a robust business model and management plan to ensure the project’s long-term financial viability and sustainability. This will set a strong precedent for further investment in additional national parks across Tanzania.
“Our innovative approach and unique business model is dedicated to conserving natural resources. We have extensive experience in collaboration with various levels of the Tanzanian government, from villages to districts and at a national level. Carbon Tanzania is the first, and only company, in Tanzania to develop carbon projects based on forest-conservation and successfully channel revenues to local communities in Karatu, Mbulu, Tanganyika, Namtumbo, Tunduru and Kiteto Districts through three operational projects.”
Marc Baker – Carbon Tanzania CEO and Co-Founder
Carbon Tanzania will leverage its network of international investment partners to provide an opportunity for TANAPA to access additional revenues, bolstering its capacity to manage the increasing number of protected areas it oversees.
Carbon Tanzania’s founders have over a decade of experience in the global Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM), establishing a vast network of partners with expertise in finance, legal matters, and technical approaches. This network will facilitate the development of this large-scale carbon project, aligning with the Paris Agreement’s provisions for public-private partnerships to meet Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (MeTL), an agricultural, manufacturing and trading company established in the 1970s, will provide additional project investment. MeTL’s experience in business at scale on the African Continent will strengthen the implementation of the carbon project.
“We are excited to partner with Carbon Tanzania, whose disruptive approach to conservation is generating wealth for Tanzania’s indigenous populations, whilst protecting Tanzania’s environment.”
Mohammed Dewji, CEO of MeTL
In line with Carbon Tanzania’s community-led approach, global best practices for Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) have been meticulously followed, setting the groundwork for a comprehensive and successful feasibility study. The anticipated results of the study will enable the creation of an internationally certified carbon project, marking a significant milestone in sustainable conservation efforts.
“The MoU signing marks a momentous step towards a greener and more sustainable future for Tanzania’s national parks. TANAPA and Carbon Tanzania are committed to fostering a fruitful partnership that will not only protect the country’s invaluable natural heritage but also contribute significantly to global climate action.”
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