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Kenya reforestation project

The Hongera Reforestation Project is a large-scale carbon offsetting project in Kenya that aims to restore previously-forested areas that have been affected by human activities such as logging, agricultural clearance, development, construction, and firewood collection. 

Project Kenya reforestation

We collaborate to protect biodiversity

Reforestation projects involve replanting trees and vegetation in previously-forested areas affected by natural or unnatural disturbances. In this instance, unnatural disturbances, 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. The project is expected to plant over 16 million trees over a seven-year period and will focus on planting trees in catchment areas such as Mt Kenya and the Aberdares. The project is designed to protect biodiversity, increase water security, and provide a better quality of life for local communities.

Fixing carbon dioxide in the soil, roots, and trunks

Reforestation projects involve replanting trees and vegetation in previously-forested areas affected by natural or unnatural disturbances. In this instance, unnatural disturbances, 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

This project will plant millions of trees over seven years varying from shade trees and fruit trees in small-holder farms and a diversity of indigenous species. These trees are planted 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 will achieve with this project:

16.97M

trees being planted

11.48M

tonnes CO₂ to be captured

27,800

hectares to be restored

50,000

farmers positively impacted

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Ecosystem & biodiversity

Kenya is home to a great variety of life, with over 35,000 species of flora and fauna. The country’s diverse ecosystems range from mountains, tropical, drylands, forest, and arid lands. Furthermore, around 2.5% of the country’s total area is covered by inland lake and wetland habitats. Kenyan forests, in particular, are especially rich in plant and animal life and most of the country’s endemic species live in forest habitats

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Reforestation with local communities

The project will have a positive impact on local communities by providing jobs and investment to alleviate poverty. Most people in rural areas in the project region rely on agriculture to earn an 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. By protecting the immediate environment, the project will secure a better quality of life for these communities and reduce poverty through investment and the provision of jobs.

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Financial sustainability

DGB derives its main income from Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) sales. The lifetime of the project is 41 years. Before carbon credits from this project will be generated, DGB relies on various financing sources, including venture capital and debt, to finance its operations. 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 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 like these.

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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 converting forest land to agriculture.

Conserve fast-disappearing streams, wetlands, and forest ecosystems.

Undertake local consultations and develop community projects.

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About this region

Kenya is situated in East Africa. The project is being developed in Kenya's central region, an area known for its diverse ecosystems that range from mountains, tropical areas, drylands, forests, and arid lands. The area is home to a great variety of life, with over 35,000 species of flora and fauna. Kenyan forests, in particular, are especially rich in plant and animal life, and most of the country’s endemic species live in forest habitats. The project will target catchment areas such as Mt Kenya and the Aberdares, which are essential for water security and increasing levels of biodiversity.

Team

People on the ground

Nicholas Wall

Ecologist and Conservation Biologist

Haron Wachira

Project Director Kenya

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.