Asilia’s Carbon Footprint
By Anwynn Louw – Digital Marketing Assistant
Carbon Tanzania is a social enterprise that uses an innovative business approach to protecting crucial forests and wildlife. They work with communities and governments to realise the economic value of their forests with the main source of financing being made through the sale of carbon offsets.
This means that Carbon Tanzania pays farmers, companies like Asilia, and individuals to reduce carbon on their behalf, generating carbon offset credits that are sold back to Carbon Tanzania.
We are committed to compensating the unavoidable operational carbon emissions that are generated by our safari properties throughout Tanzania and Kenya. This compensation takes the form of the purchase of carbon credits from Carbon Tanzania, one credit for every tonne of carbon dioxide emitted as a result of our safari camps’ activities. These carbon credits are generated by Carbon Tanzania through an innovative mechanism of community conservation work.
The revenues made by Carbon Tanzania must be spent on protecting the forest, improving local governance, engaging the District Government, providing health care and education services for the wider community, and training and capacity building opportunities. This means that revenues earned from wildlife conservation are linked directly to benefits enjoyed by everyone in the communities, not just leaders and government officials. It also means that we can put revenues into the conservation of areas that are adjacent to important wildlife safari areas.
The carbon credits that we have purchased have until now been generated from the Carbon TanzaniaYaeda Valley site which is close to the Ngorongoro Highlands in Northern Tanzania, and home to our camp The Highlands. From 2020, Carbon Tanzania will be compensating our operational emissions using credits generated from the Makame Savannah Project which works with the Masai community of the Makame WMA, a large and important component of the Manyara-Tarangire Ecosystem.Have a look at the current Carbon Tanzania impacts here.
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