In spring 2020, we funded our partner Mboni ya Vijana Group in Zeze, northwestern Tanzania to start work on growing indigenous trees on school and community land.
Participants collected 15 lbs. of Albizia schimperana, 12 lbs. Khaya anthotheca, 35 lbs. of Persea americana, 7 lbs. of Astafel, and 20 lbs. of Syzgium cuminii seeds. Community and school members germinated the seeds and planted 10,570 seedlings at two sites in ZeZe in September 2020. The local community manages the monitoring and care of the seedlings, and initial reports show them growing well. Based on our calculations, these trees will lock up an impressive 3,700 metric tons over the 15-year life of the project.
As part of our Seal of Approval, we work with all our project partners to carry out a detailed risk assessment. We apply the results to our carbon calculations so that our estimates are cautious and take account of known and anticipated risks. We hold a significant “insurance buffer” of carbon stocks for forestry projects to ensure that they deliver at least as much CO₂ savings as calculated.