Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phase I - Rukinga Sanctuary
WWC's first project at Rukinga, Kenya, has been operating since 2005 protecting local wildlife and forests. The aim of this project is to bring the benefits of direct carbon financing to surrounding communities, while simultaneously addressing alternative livelihoods. Human-wildlife conflict has been a problem in the past, as local agents are reliant on flora and fauna as a means for subsistence. The Rukinga project directly addresses such sources of conflict in a holistic, sustainable approach. An additional goal is to secure a contiguous wildlife migration corridor between Tsavo East and West National Parks. The project has achieved Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Gold Level CCB Standards Validation in 2009 and verification in December 2012 and May 2013. The project is a registered Verified Carbon Standard project with Verified Carbon Units issued.