Our project in Tanzania: Seeds of hope for local communities

published Oct 12, 2020

What do you think of when you hear Tanzania? The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro's volcanic landscape? Sparsely wooded hills or pristine rainforests? There’s no simple answer to that because the country is full of so much natural beauty, such a diversity of wildlife, that it makes even Sir David Attenborough overly excited. 

But there is a flip side to all that: Tanzania is under threat. Best known for its wildlife, the country is facing a growing number of environmental crises in the last few decades. Lost habitats as well as rapid desertification have increased, with severe consequences not only for the biodiversity but also the health and livelihoods of farming communities in the country. Can you imagine that only between 1990 and 2010, Tanzania lost almost 20% of its forests, turning landscapes of towering trees into degraded grassland?

Okay, okay, but what’s the good news, you ask! Well, we have a plan to change all that, and it includes awesome humans like you and your climate-conscious friends.

Say 👋 to our Tanzania Reforestation Project

Check out this tree nursery in Tanzania, where baby saplings are born!

We’re stoked to present our new tree planting partnership in the southern highlands of Tanzania. It transforms degraded land into widespread forests. With the help of carbon offsetters like you, the goal is to capture 2,5 million tons of CO2 over its lifetime. So far, the project has already planted 6.9 million trees, transforming CO2 into sturdy bark, branches, and leaves.

And we have even better news: the Tanzania Reforestation Project spreads over 4 villages and supports more than 1,000 families. It provides income for over 340 people as well as sustainable building materials for the wider region.

Why we ❤️ this project 

The Tanzania Reforestation Project puts local communities at the heart of their work. Not only do they provide jobs and stimulate the economy, they also directly fund development work on the ground.     

Tanzania is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world – thousands of species are found nowhere else on earth.

Here’s how: Part of the proceeds of every carbon credit sold goes straight to the community. Village council members meet and decide how to best use those funds. In the past, carbon offsets from people like you have helped build maternity wards, classrooms, wells, and teachers houses, bringing health and opportunity to families across the area. 

This combination of social and climate impacts is what makes this project so special — capturing carbon today, growing forests, and providing opportunity for families now and in the future. 

Want to offset your carbon footprint by planting trees and expanding opportunities in Tanzania? That’s great! Simply sign below for early access to Klima. 

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