MJUMITA Community Forest, Tanzania

UBoC holds a bank of Stand for Trees carbon credits that support this excellent project, which we can retire on behalf of our partners. MJUMITA is managed by the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG), which whom we have a long-standing relationship.

MJUMITA replaces our longstanding Offset partner, Trees of Hope in Malawi, which is not currently issuing new carbon credits. (We do still hold a small number of Trees of Hope credits for any partners specifically wishing to support this scheme).

We have replicated the home page of the MJUMITA website below, because it can be a bit slow to load.

The MJUMITA Community Forest Project protects 41,924 ha of East African Coastal Forest in Southeast Tanzania. The forests provide habitat for many threatened animal and plant species including the Rondo dwarf galago, African elephant, leopard and plain-backed sunbird.

The project is implemented by 10 rural communities who have elected to protect the forest on their traditional village land rather than clearing it for agriculture. Each community has established a village forest reserve to protect their forest and its biodiversity. All residents of the village are ‘shareholders’ in the project with an equal right to dividends generated from the sale of Stand For Trees credits.

When you buy credits from the MJUMITA project your purchase provides direct benefits to every woman, man and child in the 10 communities as well as paying for the costs of managing the forests and their unique biodiversity.

Key Facts:

• The community-led project empowers communities to halt deforestation and assert control over their land and forests.

• The carbon credits generated by the project are owned by the communities who have decision-making power over the use of revenues from sales.

• The project protects threatened East African coastal forests. These ancient forests are home to many threatened species including the Rondo Dwarf Galago, the African Elephant, leopard and 16 plant species classified as threatened by IUCN.

PROJECT IMPACTS

The project has helped communities establish land-use plans, village forest reserves and systems for managing revenue from sustainable forest use and carbon credits. Most communities chose to spend a proportion of their carbon credit earnings on community level development projects, including investments in schools, health clinics, and water sources.

Communities spend earnings on building additional primary school classrooms, school desks, and books. Additionally, most households spend a majority of the revenue generated from Stand For Trees credits on food, school uniforms, and secondary school fees for their children. Conserving forests also helps communities protect water sources, and several participating villages have used a portion their earnings to improve access to clean water for communities.

United Bank of Carbon is a not-for-profit collaboration between businesses and environmental scientists, which protects and restores forests and other greenery, through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. We undertake research, support forest and woodland projects in the UK and the tropics that deliver CSR/PR benefits, provide carbon reduction advice, and help to arrange compensation for unavoidable carbon emissions