The Yaeda-Eyasi Landscape 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.


Benefits that the Yaeda-Eyasi Landscape REDD project provides



Start date 2012
Certified beneath PV Climate Version 4
Coordinator Carbon Tanzania
Activities Avoided deforestation
Participants 12 communities
PVCs issued to-date 513,630
UN 2019 Equator Prize



The detail

The project works with hunter-gatherer Hadza and pastoralist Datooga 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.


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SDG details

See how the project provides benefits beyond carbon and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Sustainable Development Goal How the project contributes
  • Strengthens land tenure and natural resource management capacity of two threatened indigenous Hadza communities.
  • Enhances and diversifies income for 1300 Hadza community members using PES Income and job creation for 40 community guards.
  • Supports and trains surrounding pastoralist communities in using improved agricultural techniques to increase crop yields and reduce the need for slash and burn agriculture.
  • PES income supports a fund for emergency food rations required during times of drought.
  • Haydom Medical Fund established to provide Hazda communities assured access to free medical care year round.
  • Carbon revenue has funded the introduction of bi-annual Outreach Clinics into the region for the first time.
  • Carbon revenue is used by communities to access primary and secondary education for over 20 children.
  • Hadza communities are trained in how to scientifically measure the carbon stock of their forest.
  • Women employed as Project Officers.
  • Women are actively encouraged to participate at community meetings and give input into how PES revenue is spent.
  • Providing direct and sustainable employment for community members as Community Guards. Monthly payments to the community provide an incentive to carry out forest monitoring and protection activities.
  • The Hadza have been a marginalised community in Tanzania until recently. Notonly has the project strengthened their legal rights over their land and natural resources, but it has also given them a voice within the region.
  • By halting deforestation, the project prevents the carbon from these ecosystems being lost into the atmosphere, and allows the protected trees to continue capturing carbon from the atmosphere. This will help reduce the intensity of global climate change.
  • 40 Community guards patrol 33,790 hectares of forests to deter and monitor any illegal land encroachment, land use change and wildlife poaching.
  • Protection of native forest and crucial water sources within the project area for the benefit of both humans and endangered wildlife.
  • Patrols protect 37 species of large mammals including endangered elephant, African wild dog, lion and leopard and 255 bird species including the endangered Lappet-faced Vulture and 2 endemic bird species.