Afforestation and reforestation of mangroves in Senegal under CDM and VCS standards
Validation and verification of the climate change mitigation project based on the restoration and reforestation of degraded mangroves in Senegal. Implemented in the period 2008-2012 by the Senegalese NGO Oceanium and financed through the Livelihoods Fund.
The principal objective of this project was the restoration of degraded wetlands and increasing the productivity of the adjoining agricultural zones. The reforestation was conducted by local communities and covered a total area of 10,000 ha along the Senegalese coastline of the Deltas of the Sine Saloum and Casamance, and used autochthonous species such as the red mangrove. The project consisted in various phases:
- First: development of a small-scale afforestation/reforestation project under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which included planting campaigns, in 2008-2009.
- Second: development of a programme of activities, also within the CDM framework, which included the planting campaign in 2010.
- Third: the two projects above were combined into one which included planting campaigns from 2009 to 2012. This project was validated and verified as an Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation project under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) scheme in 2014.
- Fourth: in 2017 we carried out a second monitoring of the project under VCS standards.