According to Global Forest Watch, in the Plateaux region, thestudy reports a 35% loss of forest between 2005 and 2017, going from 700,000 hectares to 450,000 in 2017.
The project aims to plant 36,190 hectares of forest plantation and 850 km of tree frences in the Central, Plateaux, and Maritime regions in Togo, over a 10 years period (starting in 2021). The main tree species to be planted are eucalyptus, khaya and gmelina, the project also considers the planting of other species such as bamboo and cashew.
The purpose of these plantations is to restore degraded lands in the short term and the sustainable production of goods and services in the long term, while contributing to local development and fight against climate change by sequestering CO2.
The main goals of the project are to switch land cover from non-forest to forest, to improve environmental and social conditions of rural areas, to improve local communities’ income and climate change mitigation.
The project developer, Sequoia Plantations Togo (SPT) will implement the plantations under two modalities; on their own lands and on communal or smallholders lands to who SPT will provide seedlings and technical assistance.