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Deal signed to address deforestation via remote sensing technology

Two companies announced a deal for the remote sensing of carbon stocks of several sub-Saharan African countries in need of protection against deforestation.

Israeli-based Albo Climate and Mauritius-based Tembo Power are partnering on a mutually exclusive basis to produce a high-resolution carbon monitoring model of vulnerable tropical forests.

The maps will be used to carefully evaluate ecosystem health and monitor the areas for deforestation, as well as to generate verified, high-quality carbon offsets.

The companies will start collaboration by developing carbon credits from two national parks in Cameroon, whose total size is 786,000 hectares.

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Both parks are home to a diverse range of unique plants and endangered animals, including pangolins, hippos, leopards, black colobus, mandrills, lowland gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as numerous birds, reptiles and fish species.

The parks face increasing threats due to logging, poaching, mining, agricultural activities and coastal infrastructure development. Given current deforestation rates, the two forests may lose 6,000 ha per year, translating to 3,600,000 tCo2eq per year. 

Jacques Amselem, CEO of Albo Climate, commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Tembo, a key leader in developing clean energy and conservation projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Combined with our unique deep-learning, satellite-based approach to carbon credit quantification and verification, we see the potential for true impact at scale across the continent.”

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The expected income from the carbon offset projects will involve, amongst other activities, expanded support of ranger services and surveillance systems by the forest management of Cameroon, as well as maintaining the park’s boundaries. In addition, the generated income will be used to support local communities.

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Albo Climate and Tembo will further collaborate on additional conservation projects across Eastern and Southern Africa. This strategic partnership will foster the development of a robust and widely applicable remote-sensing carbon model, to be used in an array of tropical forests in Africa. 

Tembo Power’s founder Raphael Khalifa, explained: “Tembo’s goal is to position our subsidiary Tembo Climate in full compliance with the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets led by Mark Carney and Bill Winters, advocating for the extensive use of technology to address global warming and are delighted to bring Albo’s cutting edge approach to the African continent.

Khalifa added: “We see carbon development as an ideal addition to our more traditional and established clean power business in sub-Saharan Africa.” 

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.