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Grasslands and wildlife preservation

Protection for 410,000 hectares of native lands for wildlife and indigenous people.

  • Organiser
    Chyulu Hills
  • Verification
    Verified Standard (VCS)
  • Location
    Kenya
  • Project Type
    Forest protection
  • Target Gasses
    CO₂
  • Webite

About the project

Africa is home to 17% of the world’s forests but is losing them at four times the rate of the global average. A critical wildlife corridor, Chyulu Hills is located between two national parks, Amboseli and Tsavo, in southeastern Kenya and has been severely impacted by overgrazing, drought, deforestation, and forest degradation. This project aims to preserve the 410,000-hectare expanse while also preventing the emission of about 18 million tonnes of CO₂ over the 30-year life of the project.


The area plays a vital part in maintaining a large communal ecosystem by providing a variety of resources. It is home to Maasai pastoralists and subsistence farmers, as well as several vulnerable species of animals, and is a water source to the citizens of Mombasa just downstream. Most urgently, though, Chyulu is home to the critically endangered eastern black rhino.

How it works

The project, a multi-partner initiative, protects not only the Chyulu Hills cloud and lava forests, but also the surrounding savannah woodlands.


Local trust members such as four indigenous Maasai community groups, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, and three leading Kenyan conservation NGOs, work together to manage the project. Through long-term sustainable financing, this project aims to enhance and strengthen landscape protection, build local institutional capacity, create alternative employment opportunities, and support stricter environmental law enforcement. This combined effort will allow for sustainable use of the land and its natural resources.

Benefits
  • Improve the habitat for the eastern black rhino and other endangered species
  • Sequester 600,000 metric tonnes of CO₂ per year
  • Employ forest and game rangers to protect the project
  • Improvement of community social service
  • Provide training and education for locals on key aspects of land/forest management
Challenges
  • Ecosystem degradation is threatened by unsustainable land use
  • Existing threats from poaching
  • Diminished dispersal of species

Who it helps

The black rhino and other endangered species, through improved forest management. The people of Chyulu, by creating jobs and providing greater representation in institutions impacting the area. The earth, by decreasing emissions through the improved management of the forest and educating the local population on how to best care for the reserve.

Why we chose this project

All of the carbon credits are generated through avoided deforestation and degradation—of both forests and grasslands—which combined, represent an important ecological zone, containing a wide range of floral and faunal biodiversity.

This multi-partner, community-led initiative has been designed to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, restore biodiversity, and create alternative livelihoods by limiting deforestation. As a multilevel partnership, it ensures that participants will be treated equitably.

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