The Agrienviron Group is seeking funding for the implementation of a REDD + Strategy.
Our international community and the people of Sierra Leone will benefit from this project, which helps to deliver Sierra Leone's mandate to the Paris Agreement.
We are raising funds to kick-start the execution of this programme.
Given the outbreak of COVID-19, a zoonotic disease, and its positive effect on the environment, an immediate escalation of climate action through the use of a nature-based-solutions (NBS) project such as this one will greatly help in combating climate change, which is likely to cause an even greater international devastation on both the environment and economy as a non-respecter of national borders. To this effect the funds are needed now to enable us to start implementation in Sierra Leone.
The Agrienviron Group is very concerned about the rate of loss of biodiversity, most especially deforestation and forest degradation in Sierra Leone and the Guinea-Gulf ecosystem.
The photos above show two different landscapes of forest cover in Sierra Leone - The Gola National Forest Reserves (1st picture) and the Bumbuna Watershed Protection Forest (2nd picture) which has seriously degraded since 2010 when the hydroelectricity dam was commissioned. Our team conducted a reconnaissance survey in Tonkolili district; Northern province, in April 2019 and captured the above scenery which showed a dramatic effect of deforestation and forest degradation by agriculture as a main driver.
If the effects of climate change are to be addressed in this and other similar regions in Sierra Leone, then action to restore or ameliorate the biodiversity in these areas must be taken now by civil society and the private sector. We've waited this long for the action of organisations set by international conventions, but their response or reaction to our proposals has been very slow and frustrating.
We now need the support of civil society and the private sector in this matter.
Therefore, the sooner the project is launched, the greater the chances we have in effectively delivering the country's national mandate to the Paris Agreement and consequently helping other countries to address climate emergency globally.
Sierra Leone was unconditionally pre-approved, in 2008, as a participant in a REDD+ Scheme organised by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank. This strategy was initially constructed for that purpose in 2010 but has not been implemented to date.
Overall, achieving this financial support will help fulfil our company director's ten-years dream of full scale implementation of a low-carbon strategy for the economic and environmental benefit of Sierra Leone and the delivery of her mandate to the Paris Agreement of 2015.
Fundraising team: Agrienviron Group (2)
Dagenham, Greater London, United Kingdom