The greenlimba Forest

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 50,000 hectares and is located in the remote Karene District in the Northwest Region. It extends roughly from the district capital of Kamakwie northward to the Outamba-Kilimi and Kuru Hills National Parks. By connecting individual forest areas to form corridors, it is hoped that the native fauna in particular will once again be able to disperse the various species. Of course planting
greenlimba
does not plant monocultures, but a mixed forest of trees native to West Africa. Biodiversity is a central pillar of the project.

Sustainability – But How?

To ensure sustainable development and thus long-term CO2 sequestration, we have put the project on stable pillars:

Standards and cooperation

The project is managed according to the ISO 14064 standard, which includes risk management. In addition, there are cooperations with international universities.

Trust

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.

Environmental Education

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.

Mixed Forest

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.

A Successful Start

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.

Standards and cooperation

Wenn wir im „Karene District“ den westafrikanischen Regenwald wiederaufforsten und schützen, dann geschieht das ausgespochen transparent:

Das Projekt wird entsprechend der ISO-Norm 14064 geführt, wozu auch ein Risikomanagement gehört. Hinzu kommen Kooperationen mit unterschiedlichen Universitäten in Sierra Leone und Europa.

Im Sommer 2022 haben wir mit der Anpflanzung auf den ersten Flächen in Kasimbek und Kakissy begonnen, im Frühjahr 2023 mit dem Schutz der ersten Regenwald-Enklaven in Kadingbilin. In der Zukunft werden sich diese einzelnen Waldflächen zu einem „grünen Band“ bis zum nahegelegenen Outamba-Nationalpark verbinden. Die Vorbereitungen dafür hatten bereits im Frühjahr 2021 begonnen.

Unser Aufforstungsprogramm steht dabei nicht im Widerspruch zur Landbevölkerung – wir pflanzen mit den Menschen, nicht gegen sie. Die neuen Wälder sind „Community Forests“, sie bleiben im Besitz der Kleinbauern. Die Menschen vor Ort profitieren zudem von den neuen Wäldern. Zum einen fießt Geld in die Dörfer, zum anderen wird der neue Wald die Lebensbedingungen der Bewohner verbessern, indem er positiv das Mikroklima beeinflusst, den Grundwasserspiegel erhöht, vor Bränden und Erosion schützt und so für bessere Ernten sorgt. Bis zu 20% der neuen Waldfächen sind zudem Nutzwälder mit Cashews, Tamarinden und ähnlichen fruchttragenden Nutzbäumen.

Zwischen der Distrikthauptstadt Kamakwie und der Grenze zu Guinea wird so in den kommenden Jahren und Jahrzehnten nach internationaler Norm (ISO) ein Mischwald aus einheimischen Gehölzen entstehen, der nicht nur schnell klimaschädliche Treibhausgase bindet, sondern auch nachhaltig Arbeitsplätze in kleinbäuerlichen Dörfern schafft, somit Fluchtursachen nach Europa bekämpft und Wildtieren wie Affen, exotischen Vögeln und Waldelefanten eine neue Heimat bietet.