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Speaker: Dr Chris Tuite, Conservational International
The Chyulu Hills REDD+ project is one of just two successful REDD+ projects developed in Kenya. The development process took 6 years and has involved bringing together a coalition of stakeholders that includes Kenya’s national parks and forest services, four indigenous Maasai Group Ranches, and three local NGOs. The project is now marketing VCX/CCBS verified credits. The talk presents some of the key factors and steps – institutional, legal, financial – in developing the project. It sets the project in the ecological context of the Chyulu Hills and a long-term vision for building a portfolio of ecosystem service payments.
Chris Tuite has worked for 50 years in applied conservation, a significant amount in East Africa. His most recent work, started as a staff member of Conservation International, has been advising on a broad conservation strategy for the Chyulu Hills ecosystem, including the development of a REDD+ Project.