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Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) project development and management company with a unique approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity.

We have established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets as a sustainable and scalable funding mechanism for biodiverse forest protection and to help local landowners in the developing world monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups or private individuals.

Our flagship Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project protects over 500,000 acres of forest and brings the benefits of direct carbon financing to Kenyan communities while also securing the entire wildlife migration corridor between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.

Wildlife Works is also proud to announce that the Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project has been successfully validated and verified, marking the first ever Congo Basin REDD Project as well as the world's largest REDD+ Project to date. This incredible project received Gold Level certification from the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance Standard (CCBA) for exceptional climate change adaptation and biodiversity benefits. This important new project demonstrates that VM0009, Wildlife Works pioneering methodology, can be implemented at scale to make REDD+ highly significant to the world's tropics.

Wildlife Works retains the distinction of being the world's first REDD+ company to deliver validated, verified and issued VCS REDD+ carbon credits.

We are actively developing a portfolio of additional REDD+ projects in Africa, Asia and Latin-America with an aim to protect millions of hectares of native forest that will mitigate many millions of tons of CO2 emissions annually and create thousands of sustainable jobs for rural communities.

Wildlife Works, always looking toward the future, and with a profound ability to remain at the forefront of the conservation world, has embraced jurisdictional and nested REDD, and is currently working with several governments to ensure that REDD scales to the level that is required to really make a difference in the battle against global warming. We believe that a large-scale approach like JNR represents the future of payment-for-service based conservation, and Wildlife Works, with its long, successful history of job creation in the form of 'consumer powered conservation' is uniquely poised to lead such initiatives from the ground up, meeting governments poignantly and seamlessly in their top-down efforts. Stay tuned for more big news from the JNR front, as Wildlife Works prepares to scale up!


Wildlife Works Carbon LLC and EcoPartners LLC collaborated to author the industry's pioneering dryland / mosaic REDD+ methodology, VM0009, "Methodology for Avoided Mosaic Deforestation of Tropical Forests, v2.1" . The methodology was developed in response to other methodologies requiring the use of cloud-free, flawless historical imagery. Realizing that quite frankly, most REDD+ projects are located in places where it rains a lot, we designed a methodology allowing the developer to use any sort of imagery from any date with any level of cloud contamination (as long as it is geo-registered), thereby alleviating the constraint to find multiple years of "wall-to-wall" cloud-free imagery, or worse yet, to perform difficult and time-consuming cloud removal techniques that very few people know how to do correctly. Using VM0009, the developer is free to throw multiple image types and dates into the proverbial "pot", thereby opening up the possibilities for extremely robust historical deforestation analysis, rather than attempting to develop an historical model based a couple of data points. To enable the completion of VM0009, Section 6, "Baseline Scenario", Wildlife Works developed a set of GIS-based tools, which when bolted to ArcGIS 10 as a single, elegant toolbar, offers an extremely powerful suite of support tools which facilitate the historical deforestation modeling process described in VM0009. In fact, we don't recommend attempting to perform the process described in VM0009, Section 6 without this software.

How much does this software cost, you might ask? Nothing! We are offering the WW toolbar for free for any developer who wishes to use our methodology. The package comes with easy to use installation files and is accompanied by a robust instruction manual, including installation directions. This is not a free trial... the software will always be free to fellow developers who wish to use VM0009.

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Thanks for considering Wildlife Works' methodology for your project. We hope you find it to be as elegant and effective a solution to the REDD+ challenge as we do!

All the Best,

Jeremy Freund
VP Carbon Development

P.S. The new methodology is here! Download and check out VM0009, v2.1 'Methodology for Avoided Deforestation'. Shorter name, more robust method! We've added many new features to the successful v1.1 including, but not limited to:

  • A proxy area to capture residual biomass values
  • 2 Planned Deforestation type models
  • 2 more unplanned Deforestation type models
  • an overhauled leakage section
  • a new modular (sleeker and easier to navigate) design
  • and more...


Protecting + Forests + Wildlife + Community since 1997.

Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.