Deforestation is threatening wildlife and their ecosystems around the world. Together, we can help save our planet's precious resources. Learn about the forests that are being protected in our project areas as a result of Consumer Powered Conservationsm
With little economic alternatives, the community surrounding the Kasigau Corridor region in East Kenya, ravished their own forest just to meet their survival needs. Their cattle had grazed the fields into dust and squatters had clear-cut much of the dryland Acacia-Commiphora forest for firewood and farmland.
In 1998 we established the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary on 80,000 acres of now protected land that continually sees the return of many species that had left the diminishing forest. More recently, Wildlife Works launched Rukinga as the first REDD Carbon project which now provides income to the community, government and local landowners for protecting their land instead of destroying it. Not only does the program create jobs directly in conservation, it allows us to develop eco solutions for harmful practices such as cutting down whole trees for charcoal or unsustainable farming.
The protection area has now expanded to over 500,000 acres, which will offset 1 million tons of CO2 emissions per year for the next 30 years. With the dryland Acacia-Commiphora forest under our protection and its original biodiversity restored, the Kasigau Corridor REDD project was awarded the Gold level status by the Community and Biodiversity Standard for exceptional biodiversity and climate benefits. Now that scores highly for the future of planet earth.