Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change Programs
Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali
Since 2009, our Earth Rights Institute West Africa Office has been working on climate change projects in the northern region of the Ivory Coast. Together with the USA West Coast team, Professor Toure has developed partnerships with many local rural communities to be engaged in our ERI carbon sequestration program to address climate change. During the upheaval in 2010-2011, our tree planting projects were interrupted by the conflicts that happened after their national elections.
Today, we have reinstated our climate change initiative as the Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali. There are 34 projects that have been designed and were presented at the COP 21 and 22 conferences. Some of these projects for the rural areas will include the production and dissemination of improved stoves ERI-Teliya and solar dryers for 5 million households; planting trees along roads and highways; and the reforestation through bee pollination.
With ERI USA and Europe, Director of ERI West Africa, Professor Toure, will be leading our role as the NGO for the implementation of this proposal that has been approved by all 4 nations. We are in the process of receiving funds from various international agencies such as the GEF, BAD, USAID and others that have approved this initiative under the climate change agreement at the COP 22 meeting. Our partnership with the government of the Ivory Coast is solid as we prepare to work with the civil societies that are part of this huge program.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The first projects ERI will be the implementation of the Green City Proposal for Cocody, treeplanting and providing rural households with more efficient cooking stoves and solar dryers. Other carbon sequestration projects we will be involved with will include: reforestation project by bee pollination to eradicate GHGs; improve yields of food crops and agroforestry; restoration of degraded lands and forests; protection of biodiversity; adaptation for farmers to understand climate change and how they can improve their economic empowerment; planting of trees along roads, streets, highways; and build the Great Green Wall of renewable energy, reforestation and adaptation, to eliminate the impact of Climate change, fight against poverty, desertification, immigration, hunger and terrorism in West Africa, all part of this 4 nation initiative.
Part of our efforts will be to help local households to curb deforestation by halving their use of firewood by the production and dissemination of over 5 million "improved stoves ERI-Teliya" food bioethanol cookers and of solar dryers. Conservation and restoration for coastal shores will be under the Project Blue Carbon mangrove eradication coastal erosiont. All these projects that involve ERI will be under the leadership of Professor Dramane Toure Nable and his team. The ERI USA and Europe role will be to provide: Consortium of Experts and Volunteers; Social and Financial Support; Training and Education and International Collaboration and Support.