REDD+ in Yaeda Valley – Tanzania // GO BACK

The Yaeda Valley REDD+ project strengthens land tenure, management capacity and local natural resource management in Hadza hunter-gatherer and Tatoga pastoralist communities in Northern Tanzania, thereby contributing to local and international conservation aims.

Actively Contributes To


Food Security

Good Health

Quality Education

Gender Equality

Economic Development

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Climate Change

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This project works with hunter-gatherer Hadza and pastoralist Tatoga communities in Mongo Wa Mono, Domanga and Yeada Chini villages. By working in conjunction with traditional leaders, elected village governments and a team of community members, Carbon Tanzania (CT) has established a results-based PES system through the sale of ex-post Plan Vivo Certificates (PVCs).

This REDD+ project strengthens land tenure, management capacity and local natural resource management, and diversifies local incomes. Successful avoided deforestation is achieved through a series of interventions including reinforcing the implementation of the approved village land use plan and associated village by-laws, improving forest conservation and management activities and addressing the primary driver of deforestation, shifting agriculture.

The community members are trained to patrol and report any land use change and / or poaching activities which contribute to tackling illegal land intrusion and resulting land conversion at both local and district level.


Mongo wa Mono, Domanga & Yaeda Chini villages (Northern Tanzania)

Operational Since:


Project Coordinator:

Carbon Tanzania

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Area of Land under Management:

34,073 ha


3 communities

Project Interventions:

Avoided deforestation


2012: Validation
2013: Registration
2018: Verification
2018: Over 100,000 PVCs issued
2019: Winner of UN Equator Prize

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August 2019 | The recent IPCC report lays bare the ways in which deforestation, forest degradation and land use changes are linked, and how balancing the need for increased food production against the loss of forest can play a significant role in dealing with climate change. In this blog, Carbon Tanzania reviews 7 ways that the project is addressing the land use change and deforestation challenge.

April 2019 | Since the project has been running for almost 8 years, enough data has been gathered to analyse the impacts achieved by the conservation. A recent report published by IIED concludes that the combination of secure land rights and reliable carbon revenues has created a scenario where nature conservation is now an economic priority for our partner communities. You can access the report here

June 2019 | Congratulations to the indigenous Hadza community of the Yaeda Valley project for winning the Equator Prize 2019! The Equator Prize is one of the United Nation’s most prestigious awards for environmental protection and climate resilience. It is awarded biennially to projects that show outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. You can view them, and other successful applicants, on the Equator Prize 2019 Winners page. For more information on the Equator Prize, please visit the Equator Initiate Website.

February 2019 | The African Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) completed a study into how forest communities in Tanzania are supporting their economic development through forest based enterprises. The study highlighted the incredible work of the communities within the Yaeda project. Read more