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.

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