Located in Northern Sierra Leone, the Miro Sustainable Plantation project repurposes degraded land by planting carefully-selected trees to create a sustainable plantation that will span 12,000 hectares and sequester approx. 55,000 tonnes of CO2e on average each year. Following the internationally-recognised FSC certification, the forest provides sustainable timber, creates rural employment opportunities and delivers additional benefits such as better water access and education support. It also ensures the financial security of the local community, with the land leased on fair, long-term agreements. The project implementation partner is Miro Forestry, an established sustainable forestry company with a proven track record of success in managing plantation forestry businesses in West Africa.
This allows the project to continue to move towards its target of 12,000 hectares of sustainable plantation. At the same time, it sends a positive signal to the market to ramp up the supply of high-quality, certified reforestation projects within the voluntary carbon market. This helps to accelerate reforestation and additionally improves air quality, creating oxygen and removing air pollution from the atmosphere.
On a local level, the project promotes sustainable farming for increased food production as well as the sustainable cultivation of trees. In consultation with local farmers, the project also works to open up the swampy areas for increased rice cultivation (thus reducing the need for unsustainable imports from overseas, reducing the need for slash and burn agriculture techniques and improving food security in the region) and controlled agroforestry that will keep the land full of nutrients for long-term efficiency. DGB’s investment will result in approximately 128,000 tonnes of verified emission reductions produced by carbon sequestration.
The environmental benefits expected from the project will include the improvement of the protective function of the remaining extant forest cover within the project area. The project will adopt best practices to ensure sustainable management and contribute to the establishment of a vegetative cover to minimize the intensity of desiccating winds, improve soil and water conservation, as well as reduce the loss of soil nutrients through erosion. The project’s plan to respect considerations for environmental conservation by identifying and protecting conservation areas will contribute greatly to the environmental conservation of flora and fauna.
(source: Miro Forestry)
(source: Miro Forestry)
The project is expected to provide income to more than 600 people and their families, thereby, contributing to their improved standard of living within the Tonkolili District, especially the Yoni Chiefdom in Sierra Leone. On a wider scale, the project is expected to bring economic benefits to around 80 communities and boost the economy of Sierra Leone in the form of foreign investment.
The fringe communities in the project area will benefit from diverse local employment opportunities that will be opened by the Company’s ongoing development. Employment is due to increase over the lifetime of the project; and it will enhance the living conditions and wellbeing of the workforce and their families. Small and medium-scale support businesses have also been created due to the Company’s arrival in the community and has boosted local economic activities in villages surrounding the project area.
Additionally, the Company develops participatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects which brings significant improvement to some of the local infrastructures and contributes to improving health, education, and general welfare of the local communities
(source: Miro Forestry)
The project is developed by Miro Forestry Sierra Leone (MFSL). The Company has been present in Sierra Leone since 2012 and started its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction project in 2016. The project area comprises of 24,147 ha under land lease agreements in the Tonkolili and Port Loco Districts. The project intends to establish approximately 12,000 ha of commercial plantations. Currently, there is already 5,600.99 ha planted and of that 4,020.55 ha are eligible under the selected methodology.
Plantations are being established in community-owned land, leased to the Company with the approval of the Government. In return, the land-owning community obtains the payment for the lease and benefit sharing is arranged, payable into a community development fund.
The project is expected to provide income to more than 600 people and around 80 communities, contributing to the improvement of their wellbeing and their families. Additionally, the Company has developed participatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for the enhancement of some of the local infrastructures and assists health, education, and general welfare of the local communities.
Before the establishment of the plantations, the area had scarce tree cover, mostly comprised of grassland, a few forest patches and farmland.
The project generates GHG removals through the planting of selected species such as Eucalyptus pellita, Eucalyptus hybrid cross urophylla x grandis, Corymbia citriodora, Acacia mangium, Tectona Grandis, and Gmelina arborea. On average, the project seeks to remove 55,173.9 tCO₂e annually and 1,655,216.6 tCO₂e during the entire project lifetime.
The project generates GHG removals by the plantation of selected species such as Eucalyptus pellita, Eucalyptus hybrid cross urophylla x grandis, Corymbia citriodora, Acacia mangium, Tectona Grandis, and Gmelina arborea. On average, the project estimates to remove 55,173.9 tCO₂e annually and 1,655,216.6 tCO₂e during the entire project lifetime.