Combining REDD, PFM and FSC Certification in South-Eastern Tanzania
MDCI is piloting a REDD project in south-eastern Tanzania. As with all of our work, the project seeks to advance forest conservation efforts through effective community development and incentives. Although we expect the REDD project to generate income, provide incentives and deliver conservation outputs on its own, the main purpose is to actually use the REDD project as a catalyst to drive the expansion of our other programmes – PFM and the MCDI FSC group certificate scheme – and sustainable forest management in South-Eastern Tanzania.
We will generate offsets by reducing fire intensity and frequency in the project VLFRs by introducing a programme of community-based fire management through early burning. The carbon offsets will be certified by the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.
Proposed Social and Conservation Benefits:
- Significant expansion of community-owned and managed forestland is sustainably managed (~25,000 hectares across 6 villages).
- More people are able to earn revenue and generate benefits from their forests, either from REDD revenue or from participating in MCDI’s FSC group certification scheme (~10,000 people).
- CO2 emissions are reduced, with wide-ranging projections anywhere between 520,000 - 1,850,000 tCO2e over a 10-year period.
- Biodiversity is conserved, including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippopotamus and the globally threatened Cape Hunting Dog, as well as mpingo and other important miombo and coastal forest tree species.
The project aims to deliver six principle outputs:
- Combined group certificate, validation and verification scheme covering timber and carbon-based products open to widest possible variety of community-managed forests in Tanzania.
- Mechanisms to sell carbon offsets and credits for expansion of group certificate and/or forest recovery, and compatible with developing national REDD standards.
- Efficient, scientifically robust and cost-effective methods for participatory assessment and monitoring of carbon stored in forests.
- Drivers of deforestation controlled and reduced.
- Best practice established for equitable management and sharing of economic benefits from forest conservation across the entire community.
- Achievements disseminated with policy recommendations for national and international audiences.
Our partners in this project are:
- University of Edinburgh, School of Geosciences;
- University of East Anglia, International Development group;
- Carbon Tanzania;
- University College London, Dept of Geography;
- Maliasili Initiatives;
- Value for Nature; and
- MCDI's long term partners Fauna & Flora International.