We are happy to announce that the Kibale forest restoration project in Uganda has now achieved CCB certification!
The project started in 1995 and has been recently implemented as a revenue sharing project between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Face the Future. This year, the combined audit for CCB and VCS took place, resulting in the verification of carbon sequestered in the period 2011 to 2014. Since we have applied the CCB standard, the project impacts on community and biodiversity have also been taken into account.
The gross carbon sequestration in the 3 year monitoring period amounts to a total of 221 000 tons CO₂. Usually, a risk buffer of minimal 10% is applied to calculate the total amount of tradable CO₂. This amounts to 199 000 tons of CO₂ for this project. The community benefits in the same period are mainly related to employment; the average employment figure has been 260 jobs per month. Furthermore, the project is creating more value in biodiversity, by establishing new forest with indigenous species. Since 2011, an area of 373 hectares has been planted. Other activities implemented during this monitoring period are:
- fire risk management and;
- the continuing program on eradication of exotic trees.
We will be expanding our activities in the near future, as well. Since the presence of elephants in the park is causing human-wildlife conflicts (mainly in the form of crop raiding), we are addressing this by creating elephant trenches. These trenches inhibit the elephants from entering the plantations. Other activities that we are going to experiment with is the planting of crops unpalatable for elephants and the installation of beehives along the borders of Kibale National Park.
In addition, we are going to look into the funding of income generating proposals for the communities. Examples of these activities are the keeping of poultry, pigs and goats. Also, the establishment of woodlots is considered as an important activity, in order to contribute to the sustainable supply of firewood. This will ultimately reduce pressure on the park’s wood resources, because the communities won’t be inclined to cut trees from the park for firewood.
To show you the impact of this project, we recently made a new video. Please click to see this video. We will keep you posted on updates about our Kibale project on a regular basis.