Hadza helps secure the land rights & acts on the driving forces of deforestation in East Africa
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Working with the Hadza, one of Africa’s last hunter gatherer communities, our partners Carbon Tanzania are reducing deforestation over some 32,000 hectares of forest in the Yaeda Valley. This area has been home to the Hadza for thousands of years. They have a unique language and culture and their forest home is currently under threat of deforestation from outsiders looking for new grazing pastures and from farmers clearing land for crop production.
These forests provide food and shelter for the Hadza who are deeply connected to their land – without these ancient forests the Hadza’s culture and lifestyle would be lost forever.
The project also includes Tatoga Pastoralists and brings these two ethnic groups together to secure land rights and act on deforestation.
The project is creating community land use plans to designate protected zones and farming zones to reduce conflict and protect forest.
Prevent deforestation in forests that store over 30,000 tonnes of carbon each year.
As well as around 75% of surviving Hadza Hunter Gatherers, the project also engages with around 7000 Tatoga pastoralists across the 3 village communities. US$25,000 per year is invested into the communities, supporting a health fund, school fees and ongoing village development.
The core team includes 42 people across all 3 villages. Earnings are set by the villages at $40 per month, a great rate of pay for part time work covering about 5 days each month. Hadza project takes community guards (Walizi Wajadi) through professional training to government ranger level and trains Hadza in monitoring carbon update across the Yaeda Valley.
Hadza is protecting the important tree species for the landscape and ecology of the Yaeda Valley. 48 tree species including the Thorntree or Acacia, the Baobab and Myrrh or Comifera. The Baobab provides a stunning 40% of the nutritional needs of the Hadza. While Myrrh is the 'go to tree' tree for bow making and small bee honey.
we stop deforestation by working with communities to develop land use plans that define and legalise land and resource use. We protect and measure the protection of forests, we create local employment and all of the architecture needed to stop deforestation, which is essentially, these trees have more value standing than cut down. When that’s the reality for rural Tanzanians you can really get started counting trees saved, a much better metric for Tanzania’s future than trees planted.Marc Baker, Director, Carbon Tanzania