About us

About us

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.


Our Team

Tanzania Project Operations

Isack was born and 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 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 and plans are developed.

Frank was born 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.

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.

In some of our projects the village government, or an approved sub-committee takes responsibility for overseeing the project activities. We work closely with the leaders and village representatives to provide support and guidance where needed.

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

Advisory Services:

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

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Our Partners

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.

Our Clients