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Gola Rainforest REDD+, Sierra Leone

Key Facts:

  • Nature-based solutions| Forest conservation (REDD+) project
  • Reduces 500,000+ tCO2e per year
  • Supports 8 of the 17 UN SDGs
  • Verified under VCS and CCB


Sierra Leone’s tree cover has decreased by 32% since 2000 while the global average was 11% per Global Forest Watch. Gola’s previous Forest Reserve status did not prohibit small-scale logging, mining, and agricultural activities, and the forest area was under threat of rapid deforestation and degradation.


Carbon finance allows the Gola Rainforest National Park to employ Forest Guards to protect the 70,000-hectare park, buffer zone, and the millions of tonnes of carbon within Gola’s trees. The project empowers local communities to manage the entire landscape more sustainably, to benefit their families and the wildlife.


The project helped establish a cocoa farmer’s co-operative, to help rebuild lives after a decade of civil war and a devastating Ebola outbreak. This project reintroduces sustainable cocoa production skills that were lost during the civil war and Ebola crisis. The project area is also critical habitat for hundreds of bird, plant and mammal species.

Delivering towards the Global Goals

No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Good Health & Wellbeing

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages

Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact

Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Life On Land

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


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