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Our Work in Zanzibar

The communities we work with throughout Tanzania’s Zanzibar islands are innovating climate solutions that are increasingly needed by millions of people around the world. Together with Community Forests Pemba, we are building new ways of achieving equitable climate and community resilience.

Our work in Zanzibar is built on relationships of trust and respect, and the understanding that Community Forests Pemba and the community members we serve are the experts. We prioritise a community-led approach, actively listening to and supporting community needs.

We believe the most resilient climate solutions come from the vast wealth of local knowledge and lived experience with the impacts of climate change.

The VIUNGO Project

Translating to “ingredients” in Swahili, VIUNGO is a four-year multi-partner initiative working to support small-scale farmers, empower women and youth, and boost regional economic opportunity – key ingredients in a recipe for resilience!

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Women farmers in kitchen garden

Mangrove Restoration

Mangrove forests are crucial resources for maintaining the livelihoods of fishing communities. We are working with our team in Zanzibar to reforest these critical coast forests for climate resilience and livelihood opportunities.

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A woman tends to a young mangrove tree on the beach. The sky is stormy in the background.

Spice Agroforestry

Spice agroforestry promotes forest regeneration alongside the production of high-value spice crops, concurrently storing carbon and reversing trends of deforestation, soil depletion, and economic decline.

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Green vanilla pods hang from a tree.

Permaculture Gardens

Women in Zanzibar are now producing food directly outside of their homes. These intensive kitchen gardens provide families with an immediate source of nutritious crops for household consumption and to sell at markets, supporting women’s economic empowerment and equality.

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Two women farmers stand in their corn crop.

Women's Empowerment

Climate change impacts all of us, but not all of us equally. That’s why we design projects that specifically benefit women and work under a mandate to ensure that more than 50% of project beneficiaries in Zanzibar are women.

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Three women wearing colourful dresses and scarves hold up their watering cans with enthusiasm. They are standing in a forest and tending to young tree seedlings.

Rebalancing the Scales

Communities in Zanzibar are facing unique and disproportionate impacts of climate change while being among the least responsible for its causes. We work to overcome and dismantle barriers faced by our partners, Community Forests Pemba, and equitable access to resources needed to overcome the climate crisis.

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The communities we work with in Zanzibar are some of the most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis. Your support helps communities and their environments adapt and thrive in a changing climate.

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Our Impact

Community Forests Pemba works to increase the adaptive capacity of at-risk communities in the Zanzibar Archipelago. Here's a look at what has been accomplished:

  • 60+


    Improving the climate resilience of vulnerable communities.

  • 825

    kitchen gardens

    Increasing food security and promoting gender equality.

  • 89ha

    spice forest

    Spice production that is better for the farmers and the climate.

  • 8ha

    reforested mangroves

    Restoring critical coastal mangrove ecosystems.