Niassa REDD-plus & Climate Resilience Initiative
Carbon-Plus Capital is working in partnership with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on the development of a REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) project based on Niassa National Reserve, a 4.2 million hectare conservation area supporting 3.4 million hectares of miombo woodland with significant carbon storage potential.
Private capital will finance a range of activities to address causes of emissions from deforestation and degradation including fire management and improved agricultural management. These activities are being designed and developed in line with state and provincial government and local community needs and the objectives of sustainable, low carbon development.
At 42,000 square kilometres – the size of Denmark – Niassa National Reserve is one of Africa’s largest and most undeveloped wild areas. It is home to thousands of elephant, hippopotamus, sable antelope, zebra and other iconic African species, including the second largest population of endangered African wild dog and one of only five populations of lion numbering more than a thousand members.
Since 1998, management supported by FFI has progressively put Niassa back on the map with policies on adaptive environmental management and community-centred development in cooperation with the Reserve’s 35,000 local inhabitants.