The project is situated in Southwest Kenya and contains a joint protection zone between Tsavo East and West National Park, a wildlife corridor and territories of more than 13 different indigenous peoples.
The conservation of existing forest areas is one of the most prominent tasks for global climate change mitigation! According to a survey of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), tropical rain forests absorb approximately 18% of global carbon emissions. Nonetheless, woodland areas are continuously dwindling as it is e.g. the case on the African continent with more than 4m hectares of forest land having been deforested annually between 2000 and 2005.
Therefore, also in Kenya, vast forest areas are cleared by slash-and-burn for the reclamation of soil, although it only is fertile for a very limited time, while the lumber is used as construction timber and firewood.
In order to counteract the devastating effects of this deforestation, the Kasigau REDD-project restores about 170,000 hectares of dry forest and savannah through the protection of existing forest stand as well as through afforestation. The project area serves as an important wildlife corridor which is home to numerous bird species and endangered animals such as zebras, cheetahs, lions and – depending on the season – to more than 500 African elephants.