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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter is one of Tanzania’s most knowledgeable field botanists. His expertise in plant taxonomy and field vegetation survey techniques at the National Herbarium of Tanzania mean that his work is critical to our understanding of the forests that we aim to conserve. His enthusiasm for trees is infectious and his people management skills invaluable to our work with remote and rural communities. Peter is responsible for ensuring that all the community project activities are regularly monitored and reported on.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania is a hub of research where SFS students and faculty collaborate with local stakeholders to investigate issues of conservation and human-wildlife conflict in the nearby communities and protected areas. Research at the SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies focuses on wildlife and natural resource conservation and exploring solutions to conflict between humans and wildlife. Students explore the national parks, conservation areas, and critical migratory corridors as well as communities of the Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe to assess the drivers of habitat degradation and the impacts of human development.