Sustainable land-use activities are being implemented in the N’hambita community to generate verifiable carbon emission reductions. N’hambita is within the buffer zone of the Gorongosa National Park in Sofala Povince, Mozambique. The land use activities were set up by Envirotrade in 2001, with technical assistance from ECCM, and were launched in 2003. The University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences conducts research within the project area. The European Union provided core funding for the project from 2003-8.
The N’hambita project is an exceptional example of how carbon finance and sustainable forestry can make a difference in peoples’ lives. The project uses fire prevention and management (especially early season burning), community based conservation and enforcement, reforestation and sustainable forestry in a holistic manner. The project helps to restore and protect more than 10,000 hectares, has engaged more than 1,000 community members, and has prevented the release or sequestered more than 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide. The project recently won an award sponsored by Hyundai and Carbonfund.org. TFG has been informally supporting the exceptional N’hambita project by sharing information and introducing the project to new audiences.
Recently, award-winning journalist Richard Girling of The Sunday Times (UK) filed this glowing report on the N’hambita project in Mozambique.