Lead by Small-hold farmers
Two decades of impactful community-centered tree planting successes later, the TIST project in Kenya is still growing! With each passing year, a growing community of farmers are including agroforestry on their land as part of the TIST program. But the benefits in carbon payments after trees are planted takes several years to cash in. The initiative closes that gap in conservation finance by supporting farmers right from the beginning of their carbon removal journey. This means their positive efforts for the environment are always rewarded, including when the finance is needed most.
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Estimated emissions reduced annually
Project Area: Through Time
With only 7% of the country having tree cover, Kenya is the least forested country in Africa. Kenya suffered severe deforestation from the 1960s to the 1990s, mainly from various illegal activities such as unlicensed timber harvesting and charcoal production. After the perpetrators were removed by the Kenya Forest Service, the degraded lands never regenerated.
This project started in 2001 and has protected the area from deforestation for 12 years. Shown in the image, deforestation happens mostly outside the project area boundary.
Good for Earth
The main objective of this project is to maintain the forest cover while ensuring economic sustainability. In order to alleviate the pressures on the forest, strategies were adopted, such as: the exploitation of forest management in the north of the farm and in other areas of greater risk, block access roads in remote areas, and permanent watch in areas where greater fragility was identified.
Conservation of 177 flora species and more than 360 fauna identified species. Out of these species, 12 are mammals and 9 are birds in some type of threat, according to IUCN. Maintenance of "ecological corridors" with Conservation Units of the state of Rondônia, reducing negative impacts of the region degradation.
The Project is keen on wider scientific collaboration and actively seeks agreements with local educational and research institutions to provide the incentive to research and disseminate scientific and environmental knowledge to local society.
Positive for People
Activities and programs are being drafted as a continuous process of training local actors in forest management techniques, agroforestry systems, waste management, low carbon agriculture, among other initiatives. In parallel to the strategies to prevent invasions with deforestation and forest degradation, the project is working directly with social actors in the region, through the construction of a training center inside the property, CEFLOM, whose main objective would be to train local agents in forest management techniques and to work on environmental education concepts with schools in the region.
Sustainable Training: providing training, workshops, courses and lectures focused on the responsible management of environmental resources. The planning includes quarterly activities (four times a year) involving a maximum of 30 people (when carried out at CEFLOM), such activities should be focused on topics related to sustainable socioeconomic development, such as: Interventions with schools in the region to hold lectures/seminars and workshops on environmental education; Support in the training of skilled labor to operate in the certified timber and non-timber forest management chain; Lectures/seminars and mini-courses directed to the implementation of agroforestry systems (SAFs), Techniques for Low Carbon Agriculture (ABC) and recovery of degraded areas; Training in management, leadership and public policies directed to local associations; among others.
Wider Community Awareness: Besides protecting the project area, the Project also seeks to encourage the change of the conventional agricultural production system, promoting the recovery of degraded areas through the diversification of the productive system and stimulating the implementation of Agroforestry Systems combined with Low Carbon Agriculture that is intended to benefit the wider municipality of Cujubim.
Education: [extracted from Monitoring Reports]: Training in low-impact management techniques involved an average of 30 workers a year, and about 24 college students. In addition, the project carries out activities related to environmental education, which involved in the recent 4 years of the monitoring period around 155 young students. The project also supports and collaborates with the scientific/educational environment in that, during the monitored period, an important partnership was established with the Fundação Universidade Federal de Rondônia [Federal University of Rondônia Foundation] (UNIR) to monitor biodiversity through a postgraduate research project, master level.
Biofílica Investimentos Ambientais is a Brazilian company that promotes the management of forest areas in the Amazon biome. The company was founded in 2008, striving to create pioneering alternatives and turn environmental conservation into an economically interesting activity for forest owners, communities, and investors. Biofílica's mission is to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions into the atmosphere, conserve biodiversity and water resources, and promote social inclusion and the development of communities that live in the Amazon biome. The ownership of the farm belongs to Manoa Sustentável, Exploração e Serviços Florestais LTDA. Together with Biofilica, they ensure the smooth execution of project activities and management.