In the coming years and decades the new greenlimba forest will be growing in Sierra Leone / West Africa The people of the seventh poorest country in the world are suffering from the massive deforestation of their virgin forests over the past 20 years, with devastating consequences: The water table is sinking, the micro climate is becoming more extreme, bushfires are threatening villages, the soil is eroding and harvests are deteriorating. The greenlimba Rainforest aims to reverse this trend, capturing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere to address the climate crisis around the world. The world climate does not stop at national borders.
The project area of greenlimba covers about 30,000 hectares and is located in the remote Karene District in the Northwest Region of Sierra Leone. It extends roughly from the district capital, Kamakwie, in a northwesterly direction to the Outamba National Park. By connecting individual forest areas to form corridors, native fauna will once again be able to thrive and spread. Of course greenlimba does not plant monocultures, but a mixed forest of trees native to West Africa. Biodiversity is a central pillar of the project.
To ensure sustainable development and thus long-term CO2 sequestration, we have put the project on stable pillars:
From the very first moment, the project is managed according to the ISO 14064 standard and is therefore measurable. This also includes risk management.
The project is being developed in close consultation with local stakeholders,
who thuroughly support the project.
No Land Grabbing
The land remains the property of the families. A contract is signed with each owner stipulating the use of the area as forest.
Education is needed for sustainable development. Only those who know why a tree is important for their own wellfare will be willing to protect it.
Protected and Agriculturao Forest
Since the inhabitants of the communities also need to earn their livelihood, we always plant two forests: a protected forest, which will not be touched, and an agricultural forest with trees such as tamarind and cashew, which will provide revenues to the communities.
To create a healthy rainforest, a good mix of local trees have to be planted, a copy of the remaining rainforest. Monocultures are not planted.
With the People
In order to involve the communities, the raising of the seedlings, the planting, and the care taking take place on site with local forces. This brings well-paying jobs, further financial benefits for the communities and identification.
The new climate forest of greenlimba is happening! In the summer of 2022, several thousand trees have already been planted in the villages of Kasimbek and Kakissy.
When transplanting the young trees, the whole village is on its feet, young and old, woman and man. Community is an important, much cherished treasure here.
Sorie Dumbuya has witnessed how the formerly wooded hills have become increasingly bare, how the landscape has become dry grass land. That’s why he’s in the front row when it comes to planting!
The young people are also tackling the task with a lot of verve. They have learned that a forest not only protects, but also provides better microclimate and agricultural yields.
Lars Bessel together with the two most important staff members on the ground in Sierra Leone: Anthony J. Turay and Saidu Sesay. Trust cooperation at eye level.
When we reforest the West African rainforest in the “Sella Limba Chiefdom”, it happens in a very transparent manner: Instead of empty promises, our efforts are measurable according to ISO standard 14064.
In the summer of 2022, we started planting on the first plots in Kasimbek and Kakissy. In the future, these individual forest areas will connect to form a “green belt” up to the national park. Preparations for this had already begun in spring 2021.
Our reforestation program is not in conflict with the rural population – we plant with the people, not against them. The new forests are “community forests”; they remain the property of small farmers. Local people also benefit from the new forests. On the one hand, money will flow into the villages, and on the other, the new forest will improve the living conditions of the inhabitants by positively influencing the microclimate, raising the groundwater level, protecting against fires and erosion, and thus ensuring better harvests. Up to 20% of the new forest areas are also agricultural forests with cashews, tamarinds and similar fruit-bearing trees.
Between the district capital Kamakwie and the Outamba National Park, a mixed forest of native woods will thus be created in the coming years and decades in accordance with international standards (ISO), which not only quickly binds climate-damaging greenhouse gases, but also sustainably creates jobs, thus combating causes of flight to Europe and providing a new home for wild animals such as monkeys, exotic birds and forest elephants.