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Honeyguide Wildlife Holiday purchases Gola Credits

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

All our gratitude to Honeyguide Wildlife Holiday for their purchase of 250 Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) from Gola. A VCU is the unit by which we can do all our work, from the community development to conserving the unique biodiversity in the Gola Forest. Why not follow Honeyguide Wildlife Holiday and do the same? See the link at the bottom of this page.

Gola's Megafauna confirms the impact of our work

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Freshly retrieved from the (EC-funded) GolaMA project area in Liberia, we were absolutely delighted to witness this amazing sighting of a forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), especially considering the recent coverage of the conservation community's fight against the ivory trade. This truely confirms the impact of our work and how our landscape approach benefits people and biodiversity.  

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Gola Rainforest Directors Appointed

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 10:10 AM

The Gola Rainforest National Park is managed by the Gola Rainforest Conservation LG (non-profit company limited by guarantee) registered in Sierra Leone.

Hon Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) Professor Monty Jones, Member of the Gola Rainforest Conservation Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) met with fellow members, the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (both partners of BirdLife International) to kick off the non-profit company. This resulted in the appointment of the Directors of the company who met for the very first time last week. The four Directors oversee the delivery of the Gola REDD Project against the VCS and CCBA standards, ensuring the direct benefits to local livelihoods and biodiversity. 

Directors of the Gola Rainforest Conservation LG, from Left to Right: Alameen Kanneh (Paramount Chief Representative), Sheku Kamara (CSSL), Kate Garnett (GoSL/National Protected Areas Authority), Nicolas Tubbs (RSPB) 



Minister Hosts inaugural Annual General Meeting of the Gola Rainforest Conservation LG

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 1:00 AM
As the historic Agreement reached at the United Nations' Conference on Climate Change (Paris, Dec 2015) is being signed today on Earth Day by over 100 countries, Sierra Leone is leading the way with the Gola REDD Project.

Hon Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) Professor Monty Jones, Member of the Gola Rainforest Conservation Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) meets with fellow members, the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (both partners of BirdLife International) to kick off the non-profit company which manages the Gola Rainforest National Park and will shortly be selling carbon credits through the Gola REDD Project.

The Members reaffirm their commitment to conserve the Gola Rainforest and support the sustainable development of local communities. The local communities are represented by a Paramount Chief who sits as one of four Directors to the non-profit company limited by guarantee.

This partnership is proud of what it’s achieving for the Gola forest and the neighbouring communities.

The Gola REDD project is the first project of its kind in Sierra Leone and West Africa. It was recently independently audited by a third party who concluded its outstanding benefits to biodiversity, livelihoods and climate change adaptation. It will trade carbon on the voluntary market to try to ensure Gola’s operational costs are covered to safeguard it for the generations to come.

Welcoming Visitors Again

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 6:35 AM

The Gola Rainforest National Park is now reopened to visitors!

Please be aware that a health screening will be carried out for all visitors and that all outbreak prevention measures will be rigorously followed. 

Gola is 1st REDD Project in West Africa, avoids emissions 1.19MT CO2

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 8:50 AM

As the world’s climate negotiators just reached an agreement on how to tackle climate change during the COP21 in Paris, it is timely to highlight the importance of forest ecosystems for carbon and wildlife. The BirdLife International Partnership, including the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) and the Royal Soiety for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have been working with other NGOs to ensure that proposals to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) are enshrined in the Paris Agreement. 

Embodying REDD+ in the agreement is especially important for poorer and smaller countries such as Sierra Leone where 122 Forest Edge Communities, the Government of Sierra Leone, CSSL and RSPB have just reached a historical milestone with the Gola REDD project successfully passing its independent audit against the two leading standards on the voluntary carbon market; demonstrating that we avoided the emissions of 1.19 million tonnes of CO2 over the period between August 2012 and December 2014. This is an enormous number and may seem somewhat abstract in our daily lives. But if we imagine a family car setting off from Sierra Leone this morning, and imagine that it is somehow able to circumnavigate the globe 76,000 times, then this gives you some idea of the amount of CO2 that the Gola project has prevented every year from being emitted through deforestation.


So, conserving tropical forests can play an enormous role in reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating climate change, but the challenge is how the grand commitments in meetings such as Paris translate into reality on the ground. This is where carbon markets can play a role. Through quantifying the reduced CO2 emissions from our work we are able to enter the baffling world of carbon trading, and enable companies and individuals to purchase carbon credits that quantify real savings in CO2 emissions and provide benefits to nature and people. We hope that this will be a mechanism to continue to pay for the globally important work in conserving the Gola Rainforest in years to come.


This is the very first project of its kind in West Africa, thereby demonstrating Sierra Leone’s leadership in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and showing how a strong civil society partnership like BirdLife can deliver truly ground-breaking work. We are truly the power of many.


If you would like to find out more about the Gola REDD project and if you are interested in purchasing any carbon credits, please email 

Gola at the World Forestry Congress

Posted on September 11, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The XIV World Forestry Congress (7-11th September), hosted by the Republic of South Africa is bringing together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. The Congress – the first to be held in Africa - is inclusive of people from all countries, regions and sectors, whether they belong to a government organization, NGO, private company, scientific or professional body, a forestry society, or simply have a personal interest in attending. 

We are proud to announce that the Gola REDD project was selected to feature with a Technical Paper which can be found here.   

Rainforest Trust supports Gola Liberia

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 5:25 AM

The Rainforest Trust is supporting SCNL (BirdLife in Liberia) for the gazettement of the Gola Forest National Park which will be another cornerstone to the Greater Gola Landscape with the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone. An anonymous supporter has offered to quadruple every donation to create the Gola Forest National Park. See" target="_blank">here for more information. 

Four New Toothed Frogs Found in West Africa, incl Gola!

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM

From Newsweek's Tech & Sciences: "The forests in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are such treasures of biodiversity that scientists don’t yet know nearly all the species that live there. Upon taking a closer look at frogs that live in and around waterfalls and fast-flowing river rapids, researchers found that what they thought was one species (Odontobatrachus natator) was in fact five separate ones, including four new to science". See the full scientific article here, to which we contributed!

Where are Gola's Pygmy Hippos?

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:40 AM

The Gola Rainforest National Park's Research and Monitoring team finalised a report to long-term supporter Basel Zoo about the status of Pygmy Hippos inside and immediately around the GRNP. The distribution of Pygmy Hippo records showcases the importance of the Gola REDD Project since the latter focuses on the National Park as well as the 'leakage belt' (~4km outside the GRNP). The success of the Gola REDD Project will therefore greatly support the conservation of the Pygmy Hippo.