Carbon credits: Reducing emissions

In Zambia, carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by 738,840 t since 2012. A Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project has incentivised the local community of Rufunsa Conservancy in Lusaka Province to protect the area’s threatened forests in exchange for carbon credits. In 2016, through the sale of credits for 39,000 ha of conserved Miombo forest, 28 villages (8,300 people) generated a total of €48,994. These credits have been used to sink 14 boreholes, which provide safe drinking water to 2,000 residents. The project, implemented by Biocarbon Partners, also engages local farmers in sustainable poverty eradication activities, such as honey and charcoal production, and trains local staff to protect forest biodiversity.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.