Combining Community Customary Land Rights with Carbon Offset Sales.
The Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT), with financial and technical support from the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania (DF), The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Maliasili Initiatives, has helped hunter-gatherer and pastoralist communities in the northern rangelands secure rights to their land by obtaining Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy (CCRO) – a different, yet effective approach for securing communal land rights. So far, UCRT has helped communities obtain seven CCROs across northern Tanzania. UCRT has teamed up with Carbon Tanzania, which is paying these same hunter-gatherers to effectively reinforce their existing conservation regulations. The project pays the community to protect their forests, using revenue generated from the sale of carbon offsets. So far, the community has earned more than USD $50,000 and it is expected that it will earn an annual income between $32,000 – 36,000. Over the next 20 years the project is estimated to help avoid 268,939 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.