Sofala Community Carbon Project
Mozambique – Sofala province
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
Validated Conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards 2nd Ed., at the Gold Level:for exceptional climate change adaptation, community and biodiversity benefits September 1st, 2010 (RA-VAL-CCB-013586); Validated and Verified Conformance with the Plan Vivo Standards: November 9th, 2010 (RA-VAL-PV-013863; RA-VER-PV-013587).
The Sofala Community Carbon Project aims to foster sustainable land use and rural development activities among communities located within the buffer zone of the Gorongosa National Park and the Zambezi Delta. Initiated in 2002, this integrated, landscape-level project includes agroforestry, REDD and micro-business activities, and involves nearly 2,000 small landowners, who have agreed to maintain forestlands and/or reforest their land in exchange for direct payments tied to annual monitoring. It is anticipated that these direct payments will improve the livelihoods of local community members in what is one of Mozambique’s poorest regions. The project location is the Eastern Miombo Woodlands eco-region, which is home to several endemic bird and lizard species and provides habitat for the African elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, hippopotamus and other emblematic African mammals. Thanks to the exceptional climate change adaptation, community and biodiversity benefits that this project is expected to generate over its 100-year timeframe, it was awarded “Gold Level” validation to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards.