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Greenzone Reforestation Project, Cameroon

The Greenzone Reforestation Project is a large-scale nature-based solutions project in Cameroon to restore nature, create forests, and promote sustainable development.

Project general info

Location
cameroon Congo Basin Region, Cameroon
Project goal
The project aims to restore forests by planting over 16 million trees in seven years.
Team members
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Theodore Oben
Project Director Cameroon

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Dr Njoh Tatani
Project Director Cameroon

Project description

The Greenzone Reforestation Project is a large-scale nature-based solutions project in Cameroon to restore nature, create forests, and promote sustainable development. The Congo Basin region of Cameroon loses thousands of hectares of forest every year through deforestation driven by commercial logging and firewood collection activities. With an increasing population, the pressure on natural resources keeps growing. This project aims to address these challenges by planting millions of trees, protecting biodiversity, increasing water security, and providing a better quality of life for local communities. The project is the largest registered carbon project in the country and hosts the second-largest tree nursery.

Project ID

VERRA VCS 4176 

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Positive impact on local communities

The project is designed to have a positive impact on local communities and the environment. The project offers job opportunities, community training, and new infrastructure, such as improved access to medical care, contributing to improving the local community's quality of life and sustainable development. All crop yields from trees planted are also for the benefit of the local community.

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Environmental impact through reforestation

The project has an extraordinary impact on the environment. It promotes and conserves regional biodiversity, restores degraded lands, creates vital habitats for local wildlife, and plays a critical role in carbon sequestration. With each tree, the project contributes to creating a healthy, thriving ecosystem, making a positive environmental impact. 

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Project timeline

The feasibility study was finalised in Q3 2021, after which the project commenced. The first planting season was in 2022. The project has a lifetime of 41 years and aims to reforest the area over a seven-year period.

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The Greenzone Reforestation Project pipeline

  • New projects
  • Feasibility study
  • Project design
  • Project validation
  • Project implementation
  • Periodic verification
  • Project completion

The project's impact

The Greenzone Reforestation Project is designed to positively impact local communities and the environment by creating jobs, improving water quality, and contributing to regional wildlife habitat through reforestation initiatives. The project focuses on planting cashew trees on community-owned land, showcasing indigenous shade and fruit varieties that contribute to biodiversity preservation and sustainable development. 

 

This large-scale nature-based initiative seeks to create forests and promote sustainable development, aligning with reforestation methods that prioritise planting native tree species for positive effects on the local ecosystem. Reforestation measures, such as those implemented in this project, enhance carbon sequestration, improve soil health, and promote ecosystem resilience, fostering environmental sustainability and resilience.

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Types of trees
Prunus africana
Dacryodes edulis (pear)
Persea (avocado)
Citrus sinensis (orange)
Citrus limon (lemon)
Macadamia integrifoli
Irvingia gabonensis (mango)
Anacardium occidentale (cashew)

Our current list of species includes fruit trees, nut trees, and shade trees, with a diversity of indigenous species.

Where the project is located

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About this region

The project is developed in Cameroon's Central Region, on the edges of the Congo Basin. It is a French-speaking region occupying 69,000 square kilometres and is one of Cameroon's most densely populated provinces, although much of this population is centred around the capital, Yaoundé. The region’s high levels of precipitation, steady climate, and fertile tropical soils make it ideal for planting trees and potentially reversing deforestation trends.

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What we will achieve with this project

16M

trees being planted

21.7M

tonnes CO₂ to be captured

44,255

hectares to be restored

2,500

farmers positively impacted

Find out more in the project booklet

Join us to witness the incredible transformation as we breathe new life into once barren lands. Together, we can make a lasting impact and leave a legacy of environmental stewardship for future generations.

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Project investment process

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Assess your environmental footprint

The first step is to measure and understand the impact of your business and commit to environmental responsibility. By doing so, businesses benefit the planet and gain a competitive edge. We prioritise nature restoration, offering businesses a path to a greener future. With our carbon footprint calculator, you can get clarity on your business’ environmental impact.

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Invest in environmental solutions

Once you've measured your impact, the next step is to offset your carbon footprint and develop strategies that leverage nature-based solutions. Carbon offsetting is about investing in positive environmental impact. Our nature-based approach ensures you contribute to tangible, nature-positive outcomes that align with your values and vision, contributing to a more sustainable world.

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Report on your nature-positive impact

After you have offset your carbon footprint, you can celebrate being nature positive. You can communicate your positive impact to stakeholders. DGB can help you with your ESG reporting as well as corporate communication strategies. This isn't just about accountability and transparency; it's an opportunity to inspire others and showcase the tangible benefits of investing in nature conservation.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

In the context of international carbon markets and the Paris Agreement, Cameroon currently does not have finalised national legislation corresponding with the internationally established Article 6 framework. Cameroon is formulating its approach and structure for Article 6 and its broader implications, with us, as stakeholders, actively engaging with the government to guide policy development.


How can we help you?

At the core of our mission lies the preservation of nature and the fostering of biodiversity. DGB Group is actively working to restore nature. Join us in creating a greener future through impactful nature-based projects. Reach out to us to learn more about our work.