Kariba REDD+ Project

The Kariba REDD+ Project, the largest registered REDD+ project by tonnage, serves as a corridor between existing national parks, namely Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira. By providing a corridor for wildlife, the project has a positive impact on biodiversity both within the project area and in the surrounding region. The project impacts include improved habitat for threatened species like the Black Rhinoceros, of which few individuals are left in the area. This project is a crucial opportunity to create a successful example that can be replicated in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. The Kariba REDD+ project is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, and follow‐up projects are already being considered. Zimbabwe’s protracted socio-economic crisis has taken a great toll on the country’s agricultural sector, its people and its wildlife. This exemplary REDD+ project is critcal to reducing pressure on the country’s forests and providing sustainable means of livelihood.

The Kariba REDD+ Project, located in northwestern Zimbabwe on the shore of Lake Kariba, connects several National Parks and Game reserves as a biodiversity corridor. The project aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the project area. The project achieved CCBS validation at Double Gold Level and VCS validation. It is currently undergoing VCS verification.

The project is community-based and implements activities in conjunction with the local population. Decreasing deforestation is achieved through a series of activities that are designed to significantly improve the livelihoods such as improved agriculture, beekeeping, fuelwood plantations, fire management and education and capacity building across the project area of roughly 800,000 hectares of communally owned forests.

The project area lies within the Zambezian biome of the Zambezi basin. The major ecosystems include Mopane and Miombo woodland. The project area is an important wildlife area, showing significant populations of African Elephants, Lions, Impalas, Hippos and Crocodiles along with a wide variety of birds, including the IUCN red list vulnerable species Southern Ground Hornbill, Lappet-faced Vulture, and White-headed Vulture.


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Project Details

Project type:
REDD- Avoided Unplanned Deforestation
Southern Shore of Lake Kariba, Mashonaland West Zimbabwe
Project developer(s) or entities involved:

 South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd.
Carbon Green Investments Guernsey Ltd.

Project status:
Contact details:
Marco Magini
South Pole Carbon


Project size:
860,000 hectares
Total actual emissions reductions:
6,300,000 tCO2e
Estimated annual emissions reductions:
[None Listed]
Voluntary carbon markets
Official project start date:
Standard(s) and project area certifications:
Verified Carbon Standard
Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB)
Crediting period:
30 years
Seeking additional support from:
[None Listed]
Official tenure and land-use rights on the project site(s):
Collective or customary
Land use concessions by government or private entity
Co-benefits of the project to people or ecosystems:
Targeted benefits to women
Watershed protection
Climate change adaptation
More about the project's co-benefits:
Biodiversity protection; women group led nutrition establishment including drip irrigation, composting, mango & moringa trees.
Drivers of deforestation or forest degradation in the project area:
Agriculture (local/subsistence)
Fuelwood charcoal
Small-scale agricultural activities
Project activities that address deforestation or forest degradation:
Afforestation/Reforestation activities
Sustainable energy(charcoal, fuel wood production)
Sustainable agriculture - smallholder
Forest/land cover type:
[None Listed]
Tenure and use rights:
Collective or customary
Land use concessions by government or private entity
Species planting mix:
Verification status:
Credit status: