The Greenzone Afforestation Project is a large-scale carbon offsetting initiative aimed at combating climate change and promoting sustainable development in the Congo Basin region of Cameroon. The project aims to plant over 16 million trees in seven years. These trees will include indigenous shade and fruit trees to be planted on community-owned land, providing a biodiversity buffer.
The Congo Basin, of which Cameroon is a part, loses 11 million hectares of forest cover every year. With an increasing population, the pressure on natural resources is growing yearly. Deforestation, resulting from the over-exploitation of resources, is a growing problem driven by commercial logging and the population’s firewood collection activities. Even so, with high levels of precipitation, a steady climate, and fertile tropical soils, the region is ideal for planting trees and has the potential to reverse deforestation trends. Protected areas in the region, such as Mpem et Djim, have high levels of vegetation diversity and 79 native species of mammals (including small numbers of leopards, lions, and chimpanzees).
This kind of project provides habitat for forested areas that cover four-fifths of terrestrial biodiversity, filters water, and improves the quality of life of communities.
Reforestation projects help to sequester carbon from the atmosphere by fixing carbon dioxide in the soil, roots, trunks, and leaves of trees.
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Investing in nature supports human, animal, and planetary health, improves quality of life, and creates jobs. Developing and scaling up revenue flows from ecosystem services and using blended finance models as a means to crowd in private capital are among the suite of solutions needed to make this happen.
The project is designed to promote biodiversity and mitigate the effects of climate change in the Congo Basin region of Cameroon. The project aims to plant over 16 million trees in seven years. The trees will include diverse indigenous species that will provide shade and fruits and serve as a biodiversity buffer. Additionally, they will play a critical role in carbon sequestration. The project is designed to have a positive impact on local communities and the environment. The project aims to create jobs, improve water quality, and conserve regional biodiversity.
We combine data from a dense network of advanced on-the-ground sensors, aerial drones, geostationary and orbital satellites, and machine-learning models trained on historical data. This enables DGB to collect extremely high-resolution data to monitor biodiversity, seasonal migrations, native species of plants, insects, mammals and birds, to track the growth and health of the trees, and to identify critical changes alongside predictions of future activity.
The project is being developed in the Congo Basin, Cameroon's central region. It is a French-speaking region occupying 69,000 km2 of the country's so-called ‘central plains’. With a population of more than four million people, the centre region is one of Cameroon's most densely populated provinces, although much of this population is centred around the capital, Yaounde.
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