Who We Are
Carbon Tanzania occupies a unique position in the conservation world in East Africa. A social enterprise at heart, we seek to reframe the way people view and utilise natural landscapes. Our pioneering business approach ensures that value is realised through a network of stakeholders, from the forest communities themselves through to the companies and individuals providing the finance.
What We Do
We empower communities and local governments to realise value from the sustainable management of their natural resource.
Our targeted projects generate verified forest carbon offsets which are sold on the voluntary market.
Revenue is paid directly to the communities for development and livelihood needs. These communities have autonomy over how the revenue is spent.
Most communities spend revenue on needs such as accessing health services and paying school fees or further education needs
Because of this system the impacts of our work automatically meet many key SDGs.
Carbon Tanzania’s REDD Projects:
How They Work
Our most successful approach, developing reduced deforestation projects, has allowed us to reverse the trend in habitat loss in community and local authority lands that is so common across tropical Africa.
REDD is a globally recognised framework that allows forest communities to earn revenues in return for measurable and verifiable activities and actions that lead to the protection of natural forests. Implemented successfully, it is a powerful and revolutionary tool in delivering large landscape conservation outcomes.
In Tanzania we work with communities and District authorities who are committed to land-use planning processes that result in the designation of forest areas for sustainable management.
These management activities must be community-led and supported by the local government authority, which ensures that the resource owners themselves own the process. In some cases we are working with communities who own their forested lands because they have secured a Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy over the area. In other areas we are working with the Village Governments themselves who have tenure over forest recourses within their village lands in the form of Village Land Forest Reserves. Another way for communities to designate forest areas for protection is through the Resource Zone Management Plan created when villages cooperate to form a Wildlife Management Area.
Once a forested area has been identified, and the communities are ready to enter into an agreement, Carbon Tanzania and our technical partners go ahead and assess the amount of forest being protected each year, as well as the average amount of carbon stored by the many different trees in the forest. This allows us to evaluate how many tonnes of carbon dioxide are being prevented from escaping into the atmosphere, emissions that would otherwise contribute to global climate change. These avoided emissions are quantified as carbon offsets, which companies and individuals can buy from Carbon Tanzania. The revenues from the sale of these offsets are shared with the communities and local government to fund the activities that lead to sustainable forest conservation, as well as to support livelihoods and rural development.
The way revenue is divided between Carbon Tanzania and the forest owners is all detailed in a legally binding contract which is designed to reflect the commitments of all parties. It also o defines how the revenue that is earned by the forest owners should be distributed. This means that we can ensure that everyone involved in the process receives appropriate compensation for their efforts and responsibilities.
We bring extensive expertise to large landscape conservation challenges. Our business approach to conservation demands that people receive revenue directly from the sustainable management of their natural resources.
Our most successful strategy to date - developing large scale REDD projects in locally managed forest areas - can be a powerful conservation tool in specific circumstances. As well as developing our own projects, we are involved in advising other organisations on how best to develop and implement this results-based approach.
REDD project design, development and implementation
Landscape conservation solutions strategy and planning
Collaborative planning with Government authorities
Commercialisation of results-based forest conservation projects
Exploring and leveraging partnerships in your landscape
Carbon Tanzania operates an innovative decentralised management system for its project implementation work. This allows us to operate a small, highly versatile core team, while the resource owning communities implement the key activities required to protect their resources. This means that the maximum number of community members are directly involved in the protection of their resources, the governance of the project and the sharing of the revenues earned. This strengthens community engagement, entrenches ownership of the natural resource management process and confers fiscal responsibility to the participating communities.
Marc oversees Project Operations, often in the field as well as from our Arusha base, and leads the search to find and develop new areas where our approach can deliver lasting results. As a Founder of Carbon Tanzania, maintaining a connection with the landscapes in which Carbon Tanzania works is critical to Marc.
David is a dedicated conservationist with both an excellent academic record and extensive field experience in designing and implementing practical conservation and agricultural project work. At Carbon Tanzania he oversees the highly technical aspects of project operations, while also using his formidable interpersonal and language skills to communicate the many and complex details of our REDD projects to our partner communities and field collaborators.
Alpha is a Certified Public Accountant, having graduated from Moshi University of Cooperative and Business Studies with a degree in accountancy and finance in 2012. Alpha is responsible for overseeing all the finance and accounting systems both within the company and across our projects. Alpha's work with the communities also ensures that they are able to plan the financial management and implement best practices in the allocation of the revenues from their successful natural resource protection activities.
Isack was raised in the Yaeda Valley, and earned a degree in biology from the University of Dodoma in 2014. Isack works tirelessly with the Hadza communities, and the Village and Ward governments of the Yaeda valley to ensure that all our project activities run smoothly. He is always there to talk through issues with our field teams, and makes sure that the community scouts have what they need to do their work. Isack also arranges all the community meetings and workshops where information is shared, issued addressed and plans are developed.
Upon completion of her Community Development Diploma, Regina returned to the Yaeda Valley, where she was born, to take up the position of the Hadza Community Coordinator. Regina's role is to strengthen and enhance her communities voice by working with leaders to determine that any development is in-line with Hadza culture and identity.
German is from the Eyasi area and uses his expertise to oversee community development and conservation. His Datooga culture runs deep and drives his connection to land and its natural resource. Having graduated from the University of Iringa with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Tourism he began working for our partner UCRT before joining the Yaeda Valley Project team in 2021. German works closely with Isack and community members to ensure the smooth running of the project operations.
The Yaeda Valley REDD Project is governed through a combination of Hadza community committees and Village Governments. Representatives of these communities are responsible for selecting forest scouts who protect the forests, for co-ordinating management activities, for receiving and allocating the earned carbon revenues and for reporting on the use of these funds.
Supuk is a Masai from the heart of Makame WMA. As the WMA Manager, Supuk oversees all the WMA activities including natural resource protection, community engagement in the WMA process, and financial planning and sustainability for the WMA. Supuk is the primary conduit of communication and coordination for Carbon Tanzania within the WMA. Supuk holds a Bachelor degree in Development Economics from the Institute of Rural Development Planning in Dodoma.
The WMA is essentially a business unit, created to manage the shared natural resources owned by the participating village communities. The governance committee oversees all the activities that contribute to the sustainable management of these natural resources, including the forests that generate our Verified Emissions Reductions. The team also allocates revenues received from the sale of the VERs, as well as reporting on the use of these funds in line with government guidelines and regulations.
Frank grew up in the Mwese Highlands of the Ntakata project area and pursued a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Dar Es Salaam. With experience in land-use planning, forest protection and environmental education he now oversees the monitoring, reporting and verification process for the Ntakata Mountains REDD Project at a village level. He also supervises the carbon champions and the village game scouts, and ensures a clear line of communication with the village and district governments.
The Ntakata Project is governed by a Steering Committee which is comprised of leaders from all the 8 participating village communities. Each village is represented by their village chairman along with the Village Executive Office, ensuring that the committee represents the development plans and needs of the whole landscape. The committee is also in a position to co-ordinate, in co-operation with the District authorities, the required management and protection activities across the whole landscape that lead to the generation of Verified Emissions Reductions.
Global Sales and Finance
Jo’s focus at Carbon Tanzania is to ensure business sustainability through financial management and sales, and to ensure that we have the financial capacity to scale our work when opportunities arise. I also work to develop our communications strategy, and to explore new client and investor relationships.
Sarah’s work at Carbon Tanzania focusses on effectively communicating what we do, both to our commercial customers and our strategic partners and stakeholders working to better conserve forests. Sarah develops and then implements our ongoing communication strategies which educate companies and the wider community in the diverse co-benefits of purchasing carbon offsets from Carbon Tanzania’s REDD projects.
With a background in marketing and sales in the luxury tourism industry, Sarah spends much of her time for Carbon Tanzania helping environmentally responsible companies to realise the valuable CSR and PR opportunities that come with their commitment to reducing their carbon impacts. This often involves providing tailor made solutions to each client, a level of customer engagement that reflects our commitment to engaging everyone closely in the fight against climate change
Be Carbon Smart
Carbon Tanzania is a network organisation. Our experience has demonstrated that collaborating and co-operating with organisations who share our vision and goals, yields enhanced results with greater efficiency, both in terms of resources used and funds deployed.
An understanding of the importance of forest community land rights, the development and promotion of good governance, and respect for community development priorities unites us with our partners.
Our inherent qualities of innovation, dynamism and flexibility mean that it is natural for us to form strategic partnerships in the fight against global climate change.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative (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.
Flowfund is committed to contribute to a society that stimulates people to live in harmony with themselves, each other and their environment. We are dedicated to empowering people, improving health and well-being, expanding consciousness, and promoting care for nature and our planet through our impact investments. Flowfund is a Dutch public benefit organization.
Flowfund has invested in Carbon Tanzania by providing a favourable loan facility. This has allowed Carbon Tanzania to expand its project operations and 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.
Tuungane (pronounced TOO-un-gah-nee, Kiswahili for “Let’s Unite”) is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Pathfinder International, a global reproductive health organization. TNC and Pathfinder are also engaging other stakeholders to achieve holistic, large-scale impact Creating healthier families, fisheries, and forests.
GMERC LTD. is a Tanzanian-based organisation led by Alex Piel and Fiona Stewart of Liverpool John Moores University. Broadly, they partner with governmental and local non-government agencies as well as numerous international scientific collaborators to address questions about chimpanzee behaviour, ecology, and conservation. They first began surveying for chimpanzees across the Greater Mahale Ecosystem (GME) in 2005 as part of a biodiversity survey. In 2008, they initiated a long-term study of chimpanzees and other wildlife in the Issa Valley, about half way between Gombe and Mahale Mountains National Park. Since then, GMERC divides its time between collecting long-term data on three species of primates at Issa (chimpanzees, yellow baboons, and red-tailed monkeys) and leading additional surveys and monitoring of wildlife and critical chimpanzee habitat across the ecosystem.
Founded by the Directors of Dorobo Safaris, the Dorobo Fund, a registered 501C3, has since its inception more than 20 years ago, supported indigenous communities of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers. The focus has been to enable these communities to secure rights & legal tenure to their communally used lands and to benefit from and manage their resources sustainably. The Directors founded a locally based Trust – the Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) – to implement this agenda on the ground in Tanzania. User-rights over community natural resources, land tenure and sound management are prerequisites for Carbon Tanzania to establish carbon offset projects. This means that Dorobo Fund, UCRT and Carbon Tanzania form a natural, synergistic and mutually beneficial partnership in those areas where our interests overlap.