The capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone is prone to environmental disasters such as flooding and landslides. This is partly because of the deforestation of the surrounding hills, where trees and the vegetation have been indiscriminately cut down for firewood and unplanned housing. This project is helping to restore vegetation by planting trees in the surrounding hills. Our efforts are focused on reversing deforestation as recommended by the Environment Protection Agency.
Degradation and deforestation of the world's tropical forests are cumulatively responsible for about 10% of net global carbon emissions. In Sierra Leone, the serious and accelerating rate of deforestation is not only threatening biodiversity and ecosystem balance in the country but is also contributing to global climate change. In Freetown, the run-off water from the surrounding hills results in flooding and loss of property each year.
This project is helping to address deforestation by planting trees, in the hills above Freetown and also in the peninsular area. Reforestation by planting one tree at a time will help to reverse the effects of deforestation. This project and your support will provide the ongoing funds needed to purchase seedlings, cover the cost of staffing and other tree-planting expenses. As more trees are planted, the risk of life and property due to flooding decreases.
By restoring vegetation and the forest, we are helping to combat global warming. We are also helping to reduce runoff water from the hills. The trees will help to reduce landslides and rock slides that have resulted in the loss of life. Reforestation is essential for the overall health and quality of life of the community. Reforestation will benefit the local ecosystem by providing vegetation and restoring biodiversity.