Forest communities are the stewards of the forests and as such are the beneficiaries of the carbon offsets generated through good forest management. When you buy carbon offsets your money is paid directly to these communities, rather than to the central government, thereby incentivising and rewarding responsible forest conservation and management. The forest communities distribute the funds generated from the sale of carbon offsets in a variety of ways, most often towards dedicated health funds, school fees, and the governance and enforcement of the community land use plans, water projects and food rations.
You can offset your carbon emissions by contacting Carbon Tanzania on firstname.lastname@example.org with a view to buying carbon offsets. We will calculate your emissions in tonnes of Co2e and advise how many offsets you will need to purchase to balance your emissions.
One carbon offset represents the reduction in, or the avoidance of, one tonne of carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gas being present in the atmosphere. By protecting trees from the threat of deforestation we are ultimately preventing stored forest carbon from being released – and it is this amount of carbon that is scientifically measured as a carbon offset. Companies and individuals who are looking to offset the impact of their carbon emissions can do so through buying carbon offsets which, in the case of Carbon Tanzania’s offsets, guarantees forest conservation and the continued storage of potentially harmful forest carbon.
Plan Vivo, VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) and CCBA (Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance) are all third party organisations that certify the adherence of forest conservation projects to strict standards, ensuring their REDD+ carbon offsets are real, measurable, additional and permanent. These organisations also ensure that both the local forest communities and their surrounding biodiversity genuinely benefit from all forest conservation project activities.
REDD+ stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, and is a model that promotes avoided deforestation and sustainable forest management in order to protect and enhance existing forest carbon stocks. REDD+ projects alleviate poverty by empowering forest communities to earn an income from the carbon offsets that the forests generate. These forest carbon offsets are then sold to companies and individuals looking to offset their carbon emissions and play a role in the process of climate change mitigation. The benefit of the REDD+ model is that it gives trees a greater value when alive, rather than cut down, thereby promoting and incentivising responsible forest management and conservation.
Global climate change affects us all – its very existence is a direct result of our actions, therefore it falls on all of us all to find a solution. Global climate change action, or climate change mitigation, means being mindful of your activities and reducing or offsetting your carbon emissions in both your personal and professional capacity. This could mean walking or cycling to work rather than driving, and being aware of the products you purchase to ensure they are from a deforestation-free supply chain. In order to reduce the carbon emissions present in your workplace, you can refer your company to an organisation such as Carbon Tanzania, who will conduct an emissions assessment and offer various carbon emission reduction strategies. Once you have sufficiently reduced your carbon emissions, you can offset the remaining, unavoidable emissions by buying carbon offsets through one of Carbon Tanzania’s REDD+ forest conservation projects – thereby playing a key role in the process of climate change mitigation.
When you buy forest carbon offsets you are helping to secure the longevity of existing forests. The proceeds generated from the sale of carbon offsets are paid directly to the forest communities who are tasked with conserving their forest environment and preventing deforestation. Carbon Tanzania ensures that the amount received from your carbon offset purchase is higher than the profits that could be derived from commercial agriculture or other land-use choices – thereby incentivising forest communities to take an active role in forest conservation both for their own benefit, and the benefit of climate change mitigation as a whole.
Trees are considered the lungs of the earth, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing life-giving oxygen into the atmosphere. When carbon dioxide is absorbed, the carbon is stored in the roots, trunk and branches of trees – and when deforestation occurs, this stored forest carbon is released, adding to the existing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and intensifying the greenhouse effect. Deforestation accounts for approximately 10-15% of all global emissions, and is a contributing factor to global climate change.
‘Carbon dioxide equivalent’ or ‘CO2e’ is a term used to describe the various greenhouse gases present in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 that would have the equivalent impact on global climate change.
A minimum of 60% of your carbon offset contribution is directly received by the forest community. The remaining 40% goes towards the costs of implementing the forest conservation project and company overheads.
Deforestation accounts for approximately 15-20% of global emissions – therefore if Carbon Tanzania can help to reduce or stop deforestation, we will effectively be preventing huge quantities of carbon from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global climate change. While planting trees is a popular option for many forest conservation projects, mature trees store more carbon than seedlings do, and can rejuvenate forests more quickly when left to their own devices. When taking into account the fact that one umbrella acacia tree (Acacia tortillis) can plant as many as 20,000 seedlings in its lifetime, it becomes clear just how integral the protection and conservation of our existing forests is in the fight against global climate change.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a greenhouse gas that is produced both through natural processes and human activity such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere, and as the levels of carbon dioxide increase so does the resulting heat, raising the temperature of the planet and affecting weather patterns experienced on the ground. Higher concentrations of CO2 can also lead to ocean acidification, threatening marine ecosystems and further advancing the threat of global climate change.
Unfortunately village governments can sometimes be less than fair when it comes to distributing money and resources amongst forest communities. This is why the revenue raised from the sale of REDD+ carbon offsets is paid directly to the forest communities themselves, who then determine how the money will be allocated going forward. This not only serves to encourage responsible forest management and conservation, but also develops community ownership and a vested interest in the projects’ success. A proportion of the revenue is allocated to the village government, however, to encourage fair and just governance.
When you buy our forest carbon offsets, the funds generated from the sale are paid directly to forest communities. In this way, trees are given a greater value when alive, rather than cut down, meaning that it would not be in a forest community’s best interests to fell protected trees. Laws in Tanzania are decentralised and as the forest communities legally own the land, central government is not able to lawfully make decisions regarding land use. The third party certification organisations, who verify Carbon Tanzania’s projects, closely monitor our project sites via satellite imagery in order to determine if forest cover has decreased. If it is determined that deforestation has taken place, our certification will be withdrawn and carbon offsets will no longer be generated and sold, ultimately reducing income into the area, increasing poverty, and significantly slowing the progress of climate change mitigation.