September 10, 2021
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
The Environmental Foundation for Sierra Leone (ENFOSAL), through its numerous international and community based organizations, on Thursday, 9th September, held a two-day workshop on National Tree Planting project in various communities within the Freetown and Western and Rural.
The project is aimed at planting one million trees in approximately 14,706 hectares of degraded lands and coastal areas in Freetown.
Lyndon Baines-Johnson, the project Coordinator, Freetown Tree Town Campaign for Environmental Foundation for Africa, said the project is expected to last for two years and that the planting of trees will be done in three raining seasons.
He said the first phases were completed last year, 2020, with over two hundred and fifty thousand trees planted, adding that phases 2 to 3 have already started and will end 2022.
Lyndon Baines-Johnson said the workshop was an inception workshop to bring all the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) together for them to manage the planting project in Freetown and the Peninsula.
He said they would be working with CBOs that would employ growers, who would be planting the various trees across the various communities in Freetown and the Peninsula.
He said they were also working with the Mayor of the Freetown City Council and seventeen councilors in various communities, noting that they were already planting 300,000 trees within Freetown and the Peninsula.
He added that the phase two project has commenced and that they were working with eleven CBOs and national NGOs, and that they have posted them across thirteen catchment areas and twenty operational areas.
He said they have targeted over five hundred communities across the Freetown Peninsula, and that they were planting those trees because over the years there was a lot of deforestation taking place in that area.
He added that the peninsula and capital city Freetown have suffered from landslide and other flooding incidences, and that trees at the hilltop communities have been fell down by land grabbers.
He concluded that climate Charge is real and that it has caused so many problems within Freetown and the Peninsula, and advised that when people cut down any tree they should ensure that they plant another one.
Murray Allie Conteh, Chairman Environment Committee, Freetown City Counsel and Councilor Ward 431, Kroobay Community, said they were currently working with the Environmental Foundation for Sierra Leone on the project to plant one million trees.
He disclosed that fifteen wards would benefit from the phases two project.
Amid C. Jalloh, the CEO YADO Sierra Leone, said the project would be very impactful in the life of Sierra Leoneans.
He added that they as an organization, they were very happy to be part of the implementation of the project because planting trees can help in so many ways in ensuring environment sustainability.
He said one of their thematic areas is on environment protection and that they have been working with lot of organizations over the years.
He said they were part of the project to see how they as an organization can help in fighting deforestation in Sierra Leone.
He said last year, they were able to look at three catchment areas at Kissy, Wellington, and Yarms Farm.
The Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) is working towards sustainable environmental management through encouraging protection and restoration of nature. It operates primarily through environmental education and awareness raising, building up communities’ and institutions’ appreciation and understanding of environmental management and the impacts of environmental damage on lives and livelihoods.
EFA facilitates community-led programmes for environmental restoration, conservation and sustainable livelihoods and provides training and support in sustainable agriculture and forest management, agro-forestry, energy conservation, sustainable income generation including eco-tourism, and rehabilitations of degraded natural resources.