Protecting forests for hunter-gatherers, wildlife and climate
Protecting Forests For Hunter-Gatherers, Wildlfe and Climate
Verified Emissions Reductions to Date: 105,266 (through 2017)
Winner of the:
Yaeda Valley Its People and Environment
Threats to the Enviroment
The Hadza hunter-gatherers have lived in the Yaeda Valley area for 40,000 years. Their lifestyle
represents the most ancient form of human existence on earth. The Hadza depend on the health of the environment in order to sustain their ancient and traditional lifestyle.
The woodlands provide all the Hadza need – honey, seeds, fruits, meat and water. Immigrant farmers looking for new agricultural land see the Hadza forests as unused and overtime have illegally encroached upon the Hadza rangeland, converting forests to cropland as they go. This land use change threatens biodiversity and the existence of the Hadza people, their ancient culture and traditions.
This is the first example in Tanzania of a project that allows a traditional community to earn money and benefits from the protection of their legally owned resource from illegal immigrant farmers.
The revenues earned from the carbon project are used to provide basic services to the community members, such as healthcare, education for children, food security and employment for young men and women. Offset revenue is a critical income earned by the Hadza communities, providing them with a voice to determine how much development is necessary for their own culture.
The project involves 3 village communities, with approximately 2500 people
Project area: 32,000ha
Finance Disbursed To Date: USD 250,000
Trees prevented from being cut per year: 18700
37 species of large mammals - including Elephant, Wild Dog, Lesser Kudu, Greater Kudu, Spotted Hyena, Aardvark, Bushbuck, Lion, Leopard
255 bird species - including 2 endemic; Fischer’s Lovebird and Ashy Starling
57 tree species - including Baobab (Adansonia digitata) and Umbrella Thorn Acacia (Acacia tortilis)
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