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

PVCS Issued to date:


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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April 2020 | Carbon Tanzania has released its 2019 Impact Report. Within it, they describe their benefits to the climate, biodiversity and local communities that has happened in 2019. It also highlights where your money goes when a carbon credit is bought. Take a look

November 2019 | Imagine growing up wandering across the dryland forests of the Yaeda Valley, hunting mammals and being engrossed in nature. Then in a flash you find yourself in the hustle and bustle of New York. That is what happened to Ezekiel when he visited New York to represent his community at the Equator Prize awards. Read his amazing reflections on city life here

February 2020 | December brought on Football Fever in the Yaeda Valley with the inaugural “Carbon Cup”. Thousands of spectators gathered to cheer on their teams, discussed forest conservation and tucked into nyama choma. The Carbon Cup brought together various communities demonstrating how community led initiatives spread grassroots awareness of the benefits of collective action around forest conservation. Read more here

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.