Country: Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania
Boomitra Grassland Restoration in East Africa Through Soil Enrichment
The Savannah grasslands of East Africa span across regions that are primarily characterized as arid or semi-arid zones. Unfortunately, the semi-arid zones are at risk of turning into arid zones, while the arid zones are vulnerable to severe droughts, which can halt pastoral activities. The regions also suffer from low carbon stocks, resulting from years of unsustainable overgrazing by livestock that causes excessive soil erosion and a further decline in soil organic carbon.
Boomitra partners with local organizations to assist pastoralists in adopting improved grassland management practices. This approach includes a range of techniques such as rotational grazing, biodiversity conservation, improved livestock and water management, and capacity-building programs. These practices help to prevent the loss of topsoil cover, improve soil carbon sequestration, regenerate vegetation, and accelerate the restoration of soil fertility and ecosystem services in degraded grasslands. By implementing these methods, it's possible to address the challenges facing the region, mitigate climate change, and protect the livelihoods of the pastoral communities. VCUs may be issued for the greenhouse gas emission reductions and removals associated with livestock production in this region.
Total area: 170,000 acres
Project ID: 3340
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Climate, Community, and Biodiversity
Boomitra's grassland restoration project not only combats climate change but also provides numerous co-benefits. Soil carbon is the foundation of soil health, and as carbon levels increase, nutrient cycling, yields, food security, and biodiversity also increase. Infiltration and soil water retention also improve, leading to improved water use efficiency and local water quality. The project empowers local communities by providing continuous support and digital agronomic tools, enabling them to optimize carbon sequestration and grassland productivity. This, in turn, generates a new source of income for pastoralists. The project model focuses on community-driven solutions to build land equity and restore degraded lands.
This project contributes to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).