Nhambita Community Carbon Project

Building a community partnership through sustainable development, habitat restoration, bio-diversity and climate-change mitigation. This project is focused on the N'hambita community located in the buffer zone of the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The project will help improve the livelihoods of this very poor community by introducing agroforestry systems that will generate significant carbon benefits and carbon finance income. Over the next five years a ten thousand hectare portion of the land adjoining the national park will be rehabilitated through inititives that also create sustainable livelihoods and protect biodiversity. The project will provide fruit, timber, fodder, and fuel wood to the local community and improve soil productivity. In addition, the community will benefit from improved organisational capacity and education and awareness about forest stewardship and conservation, and the introduction of novel income streams through bee-keeping, cane rat production, and craft making. The project is a collaborative venture between the Nhambita Community Association, the Gorongosa National Park , the University of Edinburgh , Envirotrade Limited, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM) and ICRAF, with grant funding from the European Union and DFID.