Gola Rainforest Protection in Sierra Leone

Climate Impact Partners | The project protects the Park of Gola and the carbon that is locked in it by avoiding logging operations, mining, and deforestation. It enables local stakeholders to manage the area sustainably, benefit local communities and wildlife, and contribute to the rebuilding of lives after civil war and an Ebola outbreak.

Project type


Project field

Forestry and Land Use


Sierra Leone

API project code

API project code: project_0118

About the project

The Gola Rainforest National Park was created with the aid of carbon funding in order to better protect the 70,000-hectare park, the 70,000-hectare buffer zone, and the millions of tonnes of carbon that are locked within it. The forest region was under danger of fast deforestation and degradation since Gola's prior Forest Reserve classification did not exclude small-scale logging operations, industrial and artisanal mining, and agricultural activities. This initiative enables local stakeholders (government, communities, and national NGOs) to sustainably manage the entire environment for the benefit of local communities and animals. All of the project's efforts, from National Park Forest Guard employment opportunities to the establishment of a cocoa farmer’s co-operative, contribute to the rebuilding of lives after a decade of civil war and the recent Ebola outbreak.

In addition to delivering emissions reductions to take climate action (SDG 13), the project delivers additional benefits. The SDG contributions have been indicatively measured, but need to be confirmed:

  • No Poverty (SDG 1): Farming and community saving schemes impact over 24,000 local people across 122 communities. This project reintroduces sustainable cocoa production skills that were lost during the civil war and Ebola crisis.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8): Carbon finance supports 160+ staff, the vast majority coming from forest edge communities, primarily through the Gola Rainforest National Park Forest Guard and sustainable cocoa production.
  • Life on Land (SDG 15): This project protects habitat for 327 bird species, 650 endemic plant species, and 49 mammals, including the Pygmy Hippo and the Western Chimpanzee.

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