Unlocking Carbon For Safe Drinking Water – Zaida Bomba Maji Project
Update Climate Neutral Group South Africa
By Jana Hofmann, Carbon Advisor
Here at Climate Neutral Group, we are very proud to have played a part in the launch of a new water carbon credit project that will provide piped water to low income households across Africa.
This first-of-its-kind Gold Standard Project is a project of VEI, a Dutch NGO, who are the world’s leading water operator. The project has launched with the building of new water connections for more than 2,000 people in Arusha, Tanzania where more than half of the citizens do not have access to clean water due to the fact that the municipal water supply and sanitation authority (AUWSA) simply do not have the capacity to provide clean water to all residents in the area.
As a result of the project, residents will gain access to safe water thus using less fuelwood for boiling water – a traditional way to treat unsafe drinking water.
The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to generate revenue from carbon credits. This will help install more access points, expand the existing water distribution pipe networks and connect more people to safe water in the low income areas.
Climate Neutral Group’s Role
Silvana Claassen, a CNG’s Senior Carbon Advisor, and I travelled to Arusha in October 2019 to carry out a local stakeholder consultation – a first crucial step in Gold Standard registration. We engaged with more than 200 people from 7 different wards on how the project will contribute to improve their lives. Silvana has extensive experience in carbon project development and auditing, whereas my experience lies in stakeholder engagements, household surveys and SDG assessments.