The Sodo Community Managed Reforestation Project
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)
Ethiopia -- Wolayita Sone, Soddo Zuria and Damote Gale Woredas Southern Highlands of Ethiopia
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
The Sodo Community Managed Reforestation Project is a joint initiative of the Sodo community and World Vision Ethiopia to restore and protect the montane high forest on the slopes of Mt. Damota, in the highlands of Southern Ethiopia. The aims of the project include maintaining and increasing native flora and fauna diversity; improving soil conditions (to reduce the risk of floods and erosion and improve agricultural yields and livelihoods); fostering carbon sequestration through environmental rehabilitation; and supporting the long-term regeneration of the ecosystem in the 503-hectare project zone. The project has achieved pre-validation under the CarbonFix Standard, as well as validation against the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, and proposes a certification period of 35 years, resulting in the sequestration of an estimated 189,026 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. The forest area is owned by five Sodo communities in the vicinity of the project zone that have secured land-right certificates from the Ethiopian government. In addition, the government has endorsed their ownership of carbon rights, allowing revenues derived from carbon offsets to be owned by the communities. Co-operatives have been established to manage the project area.