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Kenya Reforestation Project

This Project Idea Note details the intentions of DGB and our partners, AIAT of Kenya, to plant 3 million trees being planted (consisting of fruit trees, indigenous and fast-growing trees) over a period of three years as part of DGB’s drive to rapidly accelerate reforestation and generate Verified Carbon Units (VCUs).

Project Kenya Reforestation

We collaborate to protect biodiversity

Reforestation projects involve replanting trees and vegetation in previously-forested areas that have been affected by natural or unnatural disturbances. In this instance, unnatural disturbance, driven by human activities such as logging, agricultural clearance, development, construction, and firewood collection, have reduced the size and integrity of the previously-existing forests. Although the current project will plant 3 million trees over approximately 2500 hectares, there are 16,000 hectares available (for the planting of approximately 20 million trees), should funding for expansion or scaling up to be feasible.

Fixing carbon dioxide in the soil, the roots, the trunk

Reforestation projects involve replanting trees and vegetation in previously-forested areas that have been affected by natural or unnatural disturbances. In this instance, unnatural disturbance, driven by human activities such as logging, agricultural clearance, development, construction, and firewood collection, have reduced the size and integrity of the previously-existing forest.

Water security and increased biodiversity

Together, we propose to grow and facilitate the planting of 3 million trees, planting them at a rate of at least one million per year over three years of shade trees and fruit trees in small-holder farms and a diversity of indigenous species where reforestation is needed in the country’s ‘water towers’ - catchment areas such as Mt Kenya and the Aberdares where reforestation is important for water security as well as increasing levels of biodiversity.

What we’ve achieved with this project:

3,0M

Trees Being Planted

7,9M+

Ton CO2 To Be Captured

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Reforestation with local communities

In Kenya’s central region, the site of this project, the majority of people in rural areas rely on agriculture to earn income. Although some of their revenue may come through small-scale ‘cottage industries’, the majority are smallholders with an average monthly income of between 45 and 180 USD. Communities who are largely reliant on the land for their income are now seeing reducing yields, an increasingly unstable climate and reductions in food and water security. Through protecting the immediate environment, a better quality of life will be secured, and through investment and provision of jobs, poverty will be somewhat alleviated.

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Financial sustainability

DGB derives its main income from the sales of VCUs. The lifetime of the project is 30 years. Carbon credits will be generated from year four, from which time the project will become financially self-sustaining. During the period before this, the company is relying on various financing sources including venture capital and debt, to finance its operations. DGB has a Corporate Finance and Strategy team dedicated to raising funds. Revenues from carbon removals will play an important part in DGB's ability to meet its immediate and future fundraising needs. The issuance of VCUs in year four of the project, will be a critical proof point for the next fundraising round to unlock investment from an even larger range of investors and secure the remaining amount needed to rapidly reforest the earth through projects such as this.

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Learn more about this project

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural conversion process.

Sustain local and regional water quality by limiting nutrient and sediment inputs to local waterways which result from the conversion of forest land to agriculture.

Conserve fast disappearing streams, wetlands, and forest ecosystems.

Undertake local consultations and develop community projects.

Protect local flora and fauna

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About this region

Kenya is situated in East Africa. The country is home to a diverse range of ecosystems and geographical types, from tropical coastlines to temperate inland, to the north and northeast’s arid landscapes. Kenya is home to a wide diversity of iconic wildlife, including the big five, and is known as a biodiversity hotspot. However, deforestation is having a serious impact on the environmental health of the country and, with a Forest Landscape Integrity Index mean score of 4.2/10, ranking it 133rd globally out of 172 countries, reforestation and habitat restoration are essential for Kenya’s wellbeing. Mount Kenya and the Aberdares are both in the central province of Kenya. The climate of this region is generally cooler than the rest of Kenya, as a result of the high altitude. There are two rainy seasons, from March to May, and a second shorter season during October and November. Since the 1970s, much of the forest landscape which previously covered much of these areas have been fragmented or degraded. As a result of this, the availability, security, and quality of water (providing nearby cities like Nyeri and Nairobi) have started to decline. This makes the conservation and restoration of forests (and, in turn, the ecosystem services which they provide) a priority for this region.

Team

People on the ground

Nicholas Wall

Ecologist and Conservation Biologist

Haron Wachira

Local Project Manager

Jayan Patel

Local Project Manager

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Who we are

We're market leaders in carbon & biodiversity offset globally

We are a project developer of high quality large-scale carbon and biodiversity projects accredited by third-parties.

We’re striving to safeguard the natural world, helping people live more sustainably and take action against deforestation and desertification.