Dettagli del progetto
1103 ยท Protezione delle foreste
  • Gola, Sierra Leone
Fair cocoa for protecting the National Park

The Upper Guinean forests are among the only three forested biodiversity hotspots in Africa. Only one fifth of the formerly vast forest area, which stretched over several countries, remains today. Since 2011, the Gola Rainforest National Park on the border between Sierra Leone and Liberia has been protecting most of this endangered ecosystem. The project area comprises 68,500 hectares of rainforest with countless animal and plant species, including the highly endangered Western Chimpanzee.

Also, 23,500 people in 114 local communities live off the forest's natural resources. The carbon finance allows to improve the preservation management and to implement a sustainable use of the natural resources. This is also possible because local communities can play an active role and improve their living conditions. It is the first forest conservation project in Sierra Leone, a country marked by civil war and a severe Ebola crisis.

How does forest protection help fight global warming?

Forests are not only among the planet's most important carbon reservoirs. They also are home to an enormous diversity of species and are the livelihood for all people. However, global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlement, agricultural use, illegal logging and mining.

Forest protection projects ensure that forests are preserved in the long term and that the protection of forests is given a higher value than their deforestation. Together with the local population, project participants protect the area from negative influences. To allow for this the projects create alternative sources of income and educational opportunities. Depending on the project region, forests store varying amounts of carbon per hectare. Particularly high amounts of carbon are stored in the vegetation and soil of tropical swamp forests, primary rainforests, or mangroves. Forest protection projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No PovertyThe project promotes sustainable agriculture, education and better management in local communities.
Good Health and Well-BeingThe project helps provide basic health care and the establishment of a district clinic.
Quality EducationPart of the project financing is used to improve the rural education. Local schools are supported and 700 scholarships are awarded each year to both boys and girls.
Gender EqualityThe cocoa farmers have founded a gender-inclusive cooperative with 1,500 members. Women receive training in sustainable cultivation, processing and marketing and can earn money independently.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthFor the forest monitoring 168 members from the local communities were hired. The sustainable cultivation and processing of cocoa creates additional alternative jobs.
Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSocially disadvantaged communities are being empowered and new sources of income for the people are being created.
Climate ActionBy preserving the rainforest as an important carbon store, 500,000 tons of CO2 are bound per year.
Life on LandHabitat for 327 bird species, 650 endemic plant species and 49 mammal species, for example hippos, western chimpanzees or forest elephants.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)CCBS Gold Level TechnologyForest protectionRegionGola, Sierra LeoneEstimated annual emission reductions498,667 t CO2Validated byRainforest AllianceVerified byRainforest Alliance