making the carbon market work for poor communities

Focus & Activities

The Fair Climate Network Southern Africa solely focuses on pro-poor fair climate projects.

Pro-poor means that poor communities need to benefit directly from the projects that are implemented. Fair climate means that these interventions contribute to climate change mitigation, while benefiting the people on the ground that are most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, while contributing the least.

Pro-poor fair climate mitigation targets the use of energy in households by introducing energy efficiency and renewable energy techniques. International climate finance can be mobilized for these pro-poor investments. By implementing the techniques, the emission of CO2 is reduced. Such projects generate carbon credits, which can be sold on the international market. With the revenues, other projects can be set up and implemented. In other words, income is generated to improve rural livelihoods.

Basic access to energy relates to food security, environment, natural resource management, poverty and a range of other issues. Alternative techniques usually result in several other benefits as well, for example improved air quality and subsequent health benefits, less money spend on energy, less time spend on collecting fuel wood, etc. For these reasons, one type of project addresses both climate change mitigating and poverty alleviation. We call it: Pro-poor fair climate.

Pro-poor fair climate projects can also concentrate on a combination of mitigation and adaptation. Wood and therefore forests play in crucial role in many parts of Southern Africa. The network could assist sustainable afforestation or reforestation efforts, for example in combination with introducing fuel-efficient woodstoves.


Gold Standard (GS) projects of Nova

The Nova Institute

The Nova Institute aims to improve the quality of life of low-income households.

Nova developed a voluntary GS methodology for its Basa Magogo projects, introducing an alternative ignition technique for domestic coal fires.

The first GS projects are now registered, and several others have been listed in the GS registry.

Basa Magogo project by Nova

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