The Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in the Yaeda Valley Project is a community-based conservation effort in Northern Tanzania that has been certified through the Plan Vivo Foundation
Located on 20,000 hectares of forested lands along the Kidero Hills of the Yaeda Valley, the project is the first fully operational REDD project in Tanzania, and serves as an effective model to recognize economic benefits from ecosystem services in the region. The ongoing success of the emission reduction activity positions carbon finance as a viable funding mechanism for conservation, providing a rich assortment of natural resources, livelihoods, and cultural heritage to one of East Africa’s most exceptional indigenous communities, the Hadzabe.
Contributions to the project will create a trust for the Hadzabe, designed to enforce their land use plans and village by-laws, which will help to safeguard natural resources from external pressures. Although the Hadzabe have lived in the Yaeda Valley for what is estimated to be 40,000 years or more, they have been gradually displaced in recent decades, losing more than 90% of their land to outsiders seeking space for grazing and farming. Effective management and support for this project will assist the community to regain and strengthen rights to the land while stewarding its use for years to come.
The project is one of the first to help an indigenous, forest-dependent community in Africa to benefit economically from the growing global carbon market by enhancing land tenure and establishing natural resource rights and security.
A Project Description can be found here