Kenya Reforestation

 
Carbon Footprint is proud to support local communities in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, through our tree planting programme with ESCONET. By planting trees you can help:

  • Offset CO2 emissions*

  • Reduce poverty

  • Provide wildlife habitats

  • Create a brighter future for project team members including orphans and people living with HIV / AIDS 

     * The official carbon offsetting is achieved through the retirement of credits from a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) clean energy project. See the explanation of Tree Buddying below for more details.
 

Autumn Planting 2014

Planting is in full swing - some of our clients have also got involved in the action. 

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Wildlife moves in!

 

              
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By the end of 2013, over 115,000 trees had been planted and work continues in earnest as our images show. In addition, the planted trees continue to thrive and are now helping to promote biodiversity - our pictures show birds starting to nest in the new trees and also chameleons finding a home!

 
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Progress 2011-2012 - Growing from Strength to Strength

Fantastic progress has been made over the past 18 months and now over 90,000 trees are thriving and building new forest areas, thanks to the programme. Weather conditions have generally been very favourable and enabled the vast majority of the saplings planted to do very well.

A range of different tree species have been planted by the local team and the landscape is rapidly being transformed as these images show.
   

September 2012

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March 2011

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Plant a Tree

 

Plant for the Planet

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Carbon Footprint Ltd have received endorsement from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for our reforestation efforts in The Great Rift Valley. All trees pledged and planted by Carbon Footprint / ESCONET are being included in the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign,  across the globe to help avert damaging and economically debilitating climate change.

"We have but a short time to avert damaging and economically debilitating climate change. Forests are natural and economically important 'carbon sinks'. Globally, forest cover is at least one-third less than what it once was. It is time to reverse the trends, it is time to act."

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

 

Tree Buddying

Our Kenya Reforestation programme incorporates "Tree Buddying". This means for each tree you pledge with us we will also offset one tCO2 through a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) project.

This ensures your carbon offsetting

in addition to delivering all the other great benefits of the Kenya Reforestation programme.

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What is ESCONET?
Escarpment Environment Conservation Network

ESCONET aims to effectively mobilise and build the Great Rift Valley community’s capacity to rehabilitate, conserve and protect the natural ecosystems and promote the sustainable maintenance of a clean, healthy environment.

 

The Challenge

The Kikuyu escarpment forest with its great mixture of both large and small wildlife animals, birds and butterflies, has been the beautiful gateway to the Great Rift Valley until degradation trend struck. This environment is the source of water and thus livelihood to the neighbouring communities.

In just a few years, wanton and deliberate destruction of the escarpment environment through charcoal burning, logging for timber and fuel wood, ring-debarking of medicinal trees and overgrazing has resulted to virtual depletion of forest vegetation cover. This has in return resulted to drying of springs/rivers/streams, soil erosion, emigration of wildlife/birds, scorching sun, human-wildlife conflict and the scarring of once a beautiful scenic landscape that generated some income through tourism.

The worst result from this environmental destruction was the ethnic clashes witnessed recently between the pastoral Maasai and the farming Kikuyu over use of the dwindling water resources at the base of the escarpment. This resulted in unnecessary deaths, injuries, loss and destruction of property and displacement of many families.

The communities have due to the negative climatic changes become even more dependent on the forest for their livelihoods. The women and girls move longer distances in search of fuel wood and water, exposing them to danger of attacks and sexual assaults. The Maasai have to bring their cattle to graze in the forest. With the loss of flora and fauna, the tourism income is dwindled, bringing the curio business down with it.

ESCONET has already started the rehabilitation project with members contributing their time, energy, implements and finances to plant of 30,000 indigenous trees on 30 hectares of the worst degraded areas.

 

Additional Benefits through your tree pledge in addition to Offsetting Carbon emissions

  • Poverty reduction through employment creation
  • Water catchment areas will be conserved providing water/food security.
  • Birds, butterflies and other wildlife habitats will be conserved and others created
  • Bees attracted by the trees in flowering seasons will benefit the community through sale of honey hence reduce poverty
  • Sale of fruit will help the community earn extra income
  • Nutritional Benefit from some of the fruit trees planted like the Avocado trees which are of great nutritional value
  • Ecotourism will be promoted with better forests giving alternative occupation to those previously engaging in destructive forest activities
  • The pastoral communities will have pastures for their animals during drought times
  • Some of our teams have orphans and Persons Living With HIV/Aids (PLWHA) and we contribute to them directly or through the Red Cross, Limuru Branch
  • The needy will benefit as we make contribution to the Kenya Red Cross Society, Limuru Branch whose youth group is our member. The money will also be promotion of education from the income
  • The trees also assist in the prevention and control of soil erosion
  • Beautification of our locality and the roads

 

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Following a QAS approved carbon footprint calculation, this tree planting package (which also includes retiring Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) credits from registered projects) meets the requirements under the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) for Carbon Offsetting. 

More information on the QAS/Watch the video

As the carbon offsetting is guaranteed by retiring high quality VCS credits, this Kenyan tree planting project will also meet BSi's PAS 2060 guidance on carbon neutrality, therefore assuring your carbon neutral claims.

 

Call our Sales Consultants on +44 (0)1256 345645 to find out more about this project or to discuss your carbon offsetting / neutrality requirements.

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