How Microsoft’s Carbon Fee is Empowering Communities in Africa

Published 18th October 2016

The Kulera project in Malawi and the Makira project in Madagascar both work closely with local communities to build alternative and sustainable livelihoods that conserve the forests. TJ DiCaprio, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Sustainability, recently visited both projects to see first-hand their impact and the role of carbon finance in driving change.

Read more here and watch our videos on both projects below.

The Kulera and Makira projects

Based in Malawi, Africa, The Kulera Landscape REDD+ and Cookstoves project aims to protect 170,000 hectares of forest by empowering roughly 225,000 community members to develop improved, sustainable livelihoods that avoid destruction of natural woodland.

This video explores a number of activities which have been supported by the project to enable community members to develop sustainable fuel sources, improve food security and diversify income.

Based in Madagascar, the Makira REDD+ project aims to conserve the largest protected area in Madagascar - The Makira Natural Park - which covers 770,000 hectares. The communities support the conservation of the forest and receive 50% of carbon revenues to invest in development projects.

To ensure the park is conserved for the long-term, great emphasis is placed on engaging youths within the project. Following a recent project visit, this video explores some of the youth activities that have been implemented.

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