The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) in collaboration with Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL), the across the River Project (ARTP) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has ended a day information sharing session from the Feasibility of developing carbon projects in and around the Gola Forest in the East and Southern regions of the country.
The project is funded by the EU and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.
Speaking to key stakeholders, implementing partners and members of the civil society groups, the Deputy Manager across the River Trans-boundary Project (ARTP), Gilbert Koker, spoke about the importance of the project which is expected to kick off in 2012.
He appealed to all to conserve their forests as they too stand to benefit from the project despite they are staying away from the Gola Forest Reserve.
During her presentation, Emma Tatume, in charge of the REDD project disclosed that some companies overseas are legally required to reduce their GHG (Green House Gas) emissions.
Forests remove carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and sequester it as carbon. The sequestered carbon accumulates in the trees, non-tree vegetation, roots, deadwood, litter, and soil organic carbon. When cleared, not only is this carbon released back into the atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gases, but the forest’s capacity for additional sequestration is lost. Therefore, policies related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries have the potential to play a significant role in climate change mitigation.
She disclosed that five forest related activities have been listed to be implemented as mitigation actions by developing countries, namely: reducing emissions from deforestation which implies a land-use change.
She appealed to implementing partners to develop projects that will enhance the successful implementation of the carbon project in Sierra Leone.
By Saffa Moriba