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Forest Carbon Project in the Enoosupukia Forest Trust Land and Adjoining Areas



Narok County Council, the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources and the Clinton Foundation, through the Clinton Climate Initiative, identified the Enoosupukia Trust Land as a possible pilot site for a project aimed at protecting and enhancing forest resources by carrying out activities that benefit local communities and that could be eligible for attracting carbon investment. In Phase 1, LTS undertook an assessment of the technical feasibility of a project in the Enoosupukia area (approximately 10,000 hectares) to provide Voluntary Carbon Standard or Plan Vivo certified carbon benefits that may attract investors. This rural development initiative had a strong focus on vulnerable groups, including the Ogieks in the eastern part of the Mau Forest Complex (considered a strategic national asset in Kenya). The overall aim of the feasibility study was to provide analysis on the viability of forest carbon and the outline of a business case for attracting investment and next steps developing a pilot project. In Phase 2, LTS undertook a detailed project design process including the registration of the project in accordance with strict international social, environmental and economic standards. For a forest carbon project to be certifiable under the Voluntary Carbon Standard, Community, Carbon and Biodiversity Standard, or Plan Vivo, it must provide (i) measurable climate benefits; (ii) net positive social impacts; (iii) net positive environmental benefits; (iv) it must be legally compliant; and (v) it must be effectively managed. This is a highly innovative project in Kenya.

Clients:
Clinton Foundation

Services:
REDD+

Geography:
Kenya

Date:
2009 - 2011

Keywords:
Clinton Foundation, Voluntary Carbon Standard, VCS, forests, Plan Vivo