Safe habitat for chimpanzees

Kibale National Park is one of the last remaining tropical forest blocks in Uganda. It harbours the greatest variety of primates found anywhere in East Africa. It is home to almost 1,500 chimpanzees, Uganda´s largest population of this endangered species. The variety of further species, like forest elephants, wild cats, birds and plants represent the intact biodiversity. Before the project, the area has been subject to severe degradation of the surrounding vegetation as well as soil erosion, due to deforestation and consumptive use of the area. Through reforestation and preservation activities, the project helps protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change on a total area of 10,000 hectares.

The project benefits the local community by providing job opportunities as a means of reducing pressure on the natural resources in the park. Local entrepreneurs have been establishing nurseries to support the project’s demand for native seedlings and tourism opportunities have been created. The project has been rewarded the FSC and CCBS certificate for its sustainable forestry, and its community and biodiversity beneficial effects.

How does forest protection help fight global warming?

Forests are not only among the planet's most important carbon reservoirs. They also are home to an enormous diversity of species and are the livelihood for all people. However, global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlement, agricultural use, illegal logging and mining.

Forest protection projects ensure that forests are preserved in the long term and that the protection of forests is given a higher value than their deforestation. Together with the local population, project participants protect the area from negative influences. To allow for this the projects create alternative sources of income and educational opportunities. Depending on the project region, forests store varying amounts of carbon per hectare. Particularly high amounts of carbon are stored in the vegetation and soil of tropical swamp forests, primary rainforests, or mangroves. Forest protection projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality EducationSharing forest management skills, promoting environmental education and awareness with local communities
Decent Work and Economic Growth260 new job opportunities for locals, e.g. in tree nurseries, repairing vehicles or in tourism
Climate ActionThe project saves about 74,180 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandProtection of natural habitats and preservation of biodiversity
Project standardCCBS Gold Level Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)TechnologyForest protectionRegionKibale National Park, UgandaEstimated annual emission reductions74,181 t CO2Verified byRINA Services S.p.A. (RINA)Validated bySCS Global Services (SCS)