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Sustainable Timber Plantations

Implementing sustainable reforestation on the equator

Sierra Leone

The Yoni Plantation is just north of the equator, with a tropical climate meaning extreme rainfall during rainy season and arid months between December and March. Before this project, the area had sparse tree cover, mostly comprised of grassland, a few forest patches and limited farmland.

Sierra Leone
Afforestation, Reforestation Revegetation (ARR)

Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty

600+ local people

and their families benefit from new income streams

3. Good Health and Well-Being


of local infrastructure and health facilities

4. Quality Education

Trainings provided

to the local community

8. Decent work and economic growth

Increased job opportunities

for local people

13. Climate Action

55,000 tonnes of CO2e

is expected to be mitigated on average per year

15. Life on land

4,020 hectares

of degraded land reforested to date

The Solution

By expanding the plantation area, the project plants carefully selected trees, such as eucalyptus and acacia, as well as grasses, low level bushes and palms. This significantly removes greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, as well as producing sustainable timber for construction. In consultation with local farmers, the project also works to open up the swampy areas for increased rice cultivation and controlled agroforestry that will keep the land full of nutrients for long term efficiency.


The Impact

The plantation drives a low emissions future, with reforestation of the area removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. On a local level, the project promotes sustainable farming for increased food production as well as the sustainable cultivation of trees for timber. It also ensures financial security for the local community, with the land leased on fair, long term agreements and vast employment opportunities created for work on the project land.

Project ID: 302582
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