Carbon Offsets 25,000t: Kasigau Corridor REDD Project - Rukinga Sanctuary 2,678,509.35 Ven

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What does this mean?
25,000 tons CO2e, offset sale for Kenyan Reforestation and Wildlife Protection
 
The Kasigau Corridor REDD project is located in South East Kenya, approximately 150 km Nortwest of Mombasa.  The area of land is 329,021.66 hectares divided into areas for different projects referred to as phases.
 
Phase I is the first project and covers 100% of the land known as the Rukinga Sanctuary, an area of 30,186.66 hectares originally known as Rukinga Ranch.
 
Through a combination of dryland forest protection and extraordinary community sustainable development activities, this project is estimated to avoid emissions of over 7 million metric tonnes of CO2e which would have been emitted due to slash and burn deforestation over the 30 year project life. The project is also home to a fantastic diversity of mammals (over 50 species of large mammal), 300+ bird species, and important populations of IUCN Red List species (an endangered species list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) such as Grevy's zebra, cheetah, lion, and over 500 African elephants seasonally.
 
Emissions Reduction and Monitoring
 
The project and the VCS crediting period began on 1 January 2005, and will continue through to 31 December 2034. It is estimated that over this 30 year period there will be a reduction of 7,542,945 metric tonnes of harmful greenhouse gases, which is an average of 251,432 metric tonnes per year. As per VCS best practice, 20% of the first five year's estimated emission reductions are set aside to a 'buffer pool' to account for forest risks.
 
Wildlife Works will monitor the project every year, producing accurate and credible documentation for all VCS required project accounts.  Wilflife Works will validate the project once every 5 years throughout the life of the project until the project end date, and as per VCS requirements, a baseline revision will also be performed once every 10 years.   
 
Social Benefits
 
Social benefits from the project include a Wildlife Works core project around organic cotton production, school construction and a bursary project, dryland farming, ecotourism and an organic greenhouse.  In addition, daily ranger patrols access and protect against threats to the Sanctuary.